Okay, this is the part that I don’t like when i’m composing. I just have a little tidbit and I’m like, “what am I supposed to do with this?”. So I play it over and over and over – except that this is one of those times that I’m really not sure if I like what I’ve written – so I want to figure it out fast. The phrase – to me – sounds broken into a series of triplets. It is not going to work unless i can make it a single line. The other thing I have against it is that its in 7/4. I really don’t think about meter or key when I’m writing. My last piece was mostly in 7/8 – and 7/8 is kind of upbeat to me – but 7/4 plods along putting one foot firmly on the ground until it is absolutely sure it is firmly planted before picking up the other foot. Maybe this description is a tidbit overblown.
So what I usually do when I’m not liking something is fight with it. I never win, but I always do it anyway. Maybe I’m getting it wrong and it just needs some “adjustments”. This clip has me taking the first few chords and just improvising – trying to make the phrase not so busy.
Then I think that maybe the phrase is really not a phrase – maybe it is a transition between phrases (a phrase by any other name). I alter the rhythm a bit more and then try it with a transition at the end – going nowhere.
Wow, that was really bad and it really doesn’t work at all. But the interesting thing is – at the end – I had something come out that sounded like it belonged with the first phrase. So I played them together:
So the first phrase is back in. I’m still not convinced about it is “it” – but am curious to see where it leads me – and really glad to have more than just a little tidbit to play now. More in a week or so,