I did a lot of work on a song on Sunday, but then I left for a work trip on Monday and didn't get back until tonight. I didn't want to tap an update on my smartphone while I was traveling, and I didn't want to use my work laptop to access a website with the word "Jerkatorium" in the address, so I put off doing this blog update until now.
On Sunday I decided to get a genuine start on the project, and I'm glad that I didn't delay it any longer than I had. I started with the very easiest aspect of the Challenge (the Garageband 'drum machine' tracks and some backing accordion tracks for the cover song) and it took all day. Now that I see how much time it can take for me to make any headway, I realize that I have to push hard and devote a significant amount of time to the Challenge every weekend or else this project will be a failure. I'm extremely happy that I gave myself all of December to do nothing but CD art and engineering the demo versions of the songs (at minimum, anyway).
I'd also had a brainstorm that might have helped me submit to the "No Vacancy" SongFight. Having that brainstorm was actually pretty disappointing, because no matter how good any inspiration was, I knew it was going to be impossible for me to act on it in time for the Oct 9 deadline (due to the time constraints and work travel). My idea was to riff on the national anthem. "No Vacancy" maps pretty closely to "Oh say can you see." Take out the "you" and they're practically the same syllables. I wouldn't have re-done the Star-Spangled Banner with No Vacancy lyrics, but I would have been able to put some clever melodic references into whatever song I would have composed for that SongFight. And what an opportunity for me to spout my opinions on the US immigration issues! I wonder if any of the actual SongFighters are going to do anything like that.
I'm considering getting an iPad so I can use Garageband during work travel. Not sure yet. Knowing me, I'd probably just bring the iPad on work trips but then avoid working on the project until I returned home.
I promise you various pictures to help gussy up this blog. Soon.