Songwriting with a Deadline – Creating Within a Timeframe

I made a decision in February that I would do some songwriting with a deadline and then release a CD/album in May 2020.

The idea was to write songs in March, record in April and master/duplication and release in May.

At the present time, I have 2 song demos (“The Lie” (vocal) and an instrumental “Agony and Serenity”.)

Bernie Landry on the Chapman stick performing "The Lie"
Performing one of my songs at an open mic in St. Lazare, QC

Lyric Content and Ideas

I have put together 192 pages of lyric pieces and ideas to draw from.

Music Bits and Ideas

In the 80s and 90s, I recorded a lot of music for television, radio and other projects. I am experimenting with some tracks as samples. I am hoping to find 1 of the tracks that could be used as a backing ambience track.

Plus, using the EHX720 looper pedal helps in the wordsmithing process. I believe in writing lyrics that sound like they belong in the music and not forced to fit. So I create a groove and work the lyrics as I play over the loop.

Jeff is helping out on songwriting with a deadline
Jeff plays drums and sings.

Also, I have lots of improv sessions I recorded alone and several tracks I recorded with my friend Jeff Gauthier on Drums.

At the moment I have 7 new songs I am working on, plus the 2 songs I mentioned earlier.

It is likely I will scarp a few and add others only because I believe in keeping ideas flowing, without boxing myself in.

So many ideas, but time is critical. Whatever I do not use I will keep for the next batch of songs.

I will be journaling the process and taking pictures and video. Hopefully, the lessons learned will benefit others and myself .

This certainly is going to be interesting. So let’s see what happens with songwriting with a deadline.

Recording Analog / Digital

When I moved recently, I had over 400 vinyl LPs (records) and my turntable/amplifier.

I have to admit I love my music system and I know many who do.

Is it nostalgia? The audio quality? Reading the record sleeve and the artwork?

Well, I believe it is all the above!

My sound system has:

  • An amplifier – Harmon Kardon
  • Turntable – Technics
  • Cassette Deck – Fisher
  • ADAT machine – Panasonic

I still use all of them, but that being said… I love the quick access to recording my own projects on digital work stations. When it comes to saving a musical idea, I even use my smartphone.

My Laptop with an M-audio interface is my main recording tool. Sometimes I go direct and at times I just set up a mic and record in the room.

The next endeavour is to do some live social media webcasts… coming soon.