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What a mental weekend I've had. No gettin' much rest, either. Me, my mum and oldest sister are gan to a comedy gig in Glasgow the tomorrow, then me n' ma sister are trekking up to Edinburgh for another yin on Friday. Anyway, the weekend, there...


Saturday, March 11th 2017

Ah wake-up at about mid-day. My mum complains as per usual. Didnae do much most o' the day. Then, at about half past six that evening, ma mum comes upstairs, walks intae ma room withoot so much as a knock, a towel over her left arm and goes:
Mum: "Right !"
Me: "Eh?!"
Mum: "You. Shower. Now. C'mon!"
Me: "Cun ah no git yin the morn afore ah gan tae Glasgow, like ah used tae?"
Mum: "Nut. Doonstairs, now... Mon you!", as she points to the stairs. "Lets walk n' talk"
Me: "About what?"
Mum: "Steam navigation!", she's says enthusiastically.
Me: "Fur fuc... sake!", I mutter to myself as I walk downstairs, mum 2 steps in front of me.
See?! This is kinda daft, stupid, eccentric shite ah huv tae endure on an almost daily basis fae ma mum. Oh, but it gets worse...
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What a mental weekend I've had. No gettin' much rest, either. Me, my mum and oldest sister are gan to a comedy gig in Glasgow the tomorrow, then me n' ma sister are trekking up to Edinburgh for another yin on Friday. Anyway, the weekend, there...


Saturday, March 11th 2017

Ah wake-up at about mid-day. My mum complains as per usual. Didnae do much most o' the day. Then, at about half past six that evening, ma mum comes upstairs, walks intae ma room withoot so much as a knock, a towel over her left arm and goes:
Mum: "Right !"
Me: "Eh?!"
Mum: "You. Shower. Now. C'mon!"
Me: "Cun ah no git yin the morn afore ah gan tae Glasgow, like ah used tae?"
Mum: "Nut. Doonstairs, now... Mon you!", as she points to the stairs. "Lets walk n' talk"
Me: "About what?"
Mum: "Steam navigation!", she's says enthusiastically.
Me: "Fur fuc... sake!", I mutter to myself as I walk downstairs, mum 2 steps in front of me.
See?! This is kinda daft, stupid, eccentric shite ah huv tae endure on an almost daily basis fae ma mum. Oh, but it gets worse...
Man, WTF? She really is off her rocker.
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Man, WTF? She really is off her rocker.
That is a... f**kin' understatement! I almost lost it with her yesterday.

Sunday, March 12th 2017

She wakes me up and gets me outta bed, then proceeds to ask me:
"Who ye gonnae see the night in Glasgow?"
Y'know the answer to that..., I answered
"Ah dinnae... Tell me."
"You do! Don't start this pretending you don't..., I'm getting pissed off, as know where this is headed.
Ah think ah've got Alzheimer's", she says jokingly.
"Ha! So do I - the amount o' shite ah huv tae remember all the time. Cuz you can't seem to remember f**k all"
Then, before leaving to go to Glasgow, she f**kin' gets on at me about the jacket I've decided to wear.
"Wear yer thicker one"
"Why?"
"It's cold oot there"
"So?"
"Put yer other jacket"
"Why d'you always tell me what to do, eh? I'm sick o' the way you f**kin' me, y'know that?"
, I'm not even hiding the fact I'm genuinely pissed off at this point.
My mum just laughed at me for getting pissed off, and blamed me for causing the argument when my oldest sister arrived, as she was coming with me to Glasgow, and was drive us there.
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Though, I wish I understood music theory a bit better, since it's difficult not knowing how to best transition from intro to verse and have it not sound shite, y'know?

For all my oldest sister's bigging up, I don't really have an "ear" for music in the way someone who's studied it has, I just know how I'd like something to sound. Or I'll have a clear idea of the sound I'm going for in my head, but that's all. I usually just fiddling about until I get a sound close enough to my initial idea, or it'll spark another idea.
I'm sure not all successful musicians have had formal music training. Some are completely self-taught .. i wouldnae be surprised...
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I'm sure not all successful musicians have had formal music training. Some are completely self-taught .. i wouldnae be surprised...
Aye, that's true. Not all of them do.

Though, I'm not gonnae disagree with ya on that, since Dave Grohl definitely fits that description. Oh, and James Hetfield... going by what he's said in interviews and documentary about his rhythm guitar playing.

As the saying goes, ye learn by doing. I'm just completely stumped on this 80s synth-pop influenced electronic instrumental I'm trying to compose. West Sound, the local radio station in my area, plays a lotta 80s music, and my oldest sister always has her car radio tuned to that station. So that partly influenced me. That, and my oldest sister was the one who introduced to the ambient/EDM, being well intae bands, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Pet Shop Boys and Tangerine Dream.

Anyway, I got a 12 second intro, which sounds 80s as f**k, with a vinyl scratch sound at the start before the single kick-drum beat and synth melody starts then fades out. But I struggling to come up with different synth melody that would transition from the first 12 seconds without sounding forced. Basically, the potential for a song is there in those first 12 second that I've got recorded, looped and saved. And I know where I want the instrumental to go - it's just figuring it out on my own that proving a wee bit difficult. Since I'm writing by myself. Thus huv'nae got someone else to offer input or ideas, y'know? And I dread the input my family will give, as I'm looking to hook my laptop up to my monitor speakers on Wednesday to give these potential 12 seconds a listen, and possibly tweak the volume and pan of the speakers.

Mainly, because my family never give me practical, well thought-out advice. It's always that vague, obnoxious "Good in theory" kinda advice where I'm being told what to do, rather having someone saying: "That's good, but this might also work?". If that makes sense?

But ah don't mean to sound like I'm complaining, I'm enjoying finding my creativity again, having not done anything since late November/early December 2016. And it doesnae half fil time when yer bored.
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Duh! Of course, ye need tae mute all the other sound coming outta the laptop. Spastic.

Too me five minutes to realise this, when got my laptop connect to my external monitor speakers. Finally getting the hang o' using the recording software ah download.



Got a 3 minute ambient piano piece composed within an hour this evening.
Just took me about 10 minutes tae get the basic idea fleshed out.
Then added stuff, moved stuff aboot n' that.
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