Writer’s block

I have a peculiar problem. As some of you know, I sometimes make all types of noise on instruments like guitar, bass, drums and I’ve been known to shout into a microphone every once in a while. When it comes to stuff to play on instruments, I haven’t had a shortage of stuff to play. Riffs and ideas just well up out of nowhere, and I end up with little gems like these:

Does anything strike you about that track? No? Well, it has no lyrics. Since the longest time I have had plenty of ideas for music, but I’m stuck with lyric writing. I have gotten by with reappropriating lyrics from other sources (like Icelandic folk tunes, likeĀ this one), but of course even though I could fill albums with instrumental crap, some songs or ideas just need a vocal track. Instrumentals alone can only tell so much of a story.

Also, on the band front everything just seems stagnant and I am not happy about it. I miss the stage something fierce. I would like to stand on that thing again to entertain people. It seems that I would have to make some pretty hard choices if I’m ever going to be on a stage again.

What makes it a peculiar state of mind is that even though melodies, harmonies, rhythm sections, musical phrasing, etc all flow like water, except for lyrical content. It’s infuriating.

Someone get me a new muse. This one is a sadist.

 

 

Could I stop vaping?

Very short answer? Yes, but I don’t want to.

Long answer? Yes, I could. But why would I want to? I enjoy the flavours, the vapour, the hardware, the coil building, the community, helping people off of tobacco, etcetera. Vaping turned compulsive nicotine consumption into a recreational one. Note the difference.

Vaping is like having a coffee, eating a cupcake, drinking a beer, having a soda.

I want alcohol in my beer. I want caffeine in my coffee, I want sugar in my cupcakes and my sodas. I just want to enjoy myself with my little vices, so I want nicotine in my vapes.

It’s all the same thing. Recreation. Indulging every once in a while. I (and anyone else) should be allowed to enjoy him or herself. Especially when the harm to your surroundings is minimal. Yes, I stopped smoking already. Vaping is not the same thing. Leave me the hell alone. I’m not policing what you like to use to enjoy yourself.