25 TUNES OF XMAS 2016
For the third year in a row, I'm composing a new piece of music every day for the first 25 days of December and recording a rough demo to post here - kind of like a new music advent calendar. This creative challenge is not only to write new music, but to push myself to expand the styles & range of music I create. Enjoy!
DECEMBER 25 - FEARING FORWARD
This tune was inspired by the reflection and forecast time of year the holidays bring. Fear is a natural feeling, and should be met with your indivudual counteractive feeling to maintain your life balance.
DECEMBER 24 - BOOK OF NOTES
This is a little melody inspired by that feeling of getting ready for the holidays.
DECEMBER 23 - ROCK JEALOUSY
Inspired by the gap in perception between guitar players and fiddle players.
DECEMBER 22 - THAT Bb GROOVE
This is a little groove inspired by the search for good ones. This one just happens to be in Bb.
DECEMBER 21 - EDGAR & CECILE'S
This was written for my in-laws - Edgar and Cecile Matysio.
DECEMBER 20 - SARAH & JOHN'S
This was written for my wife's sister and brother - Sarah and John Matysio.
DECEMBER 19 - SNOW GAME
Inspired by a snowy winter day in Regina. The cities that have an abundance of snow every year deal with snow in a playful way, compared to those typical snowy-less cities.
DECEMBER 18 - ANXIETY
A simple little melody based around the feeling of anxiety. This will turn into a larger composition over the coming months.
DECEMBER 17 - SITTING HERE
This little melody is the start of another song idea based around playing and singing at the same time. The idea for the song is based around being present of where you are.
DECEMBER 16 - MEET THE KILMISTERS
When one of your best pals asks you to write him a tune, you do it. So this is for Brennan Kilmister and his family.
DECEMBER 15 - LITTLE OF YOU
This start of a melody / song was inspired by the phrase a little of you, completely. Lyrics will be coming to this song soon.
DECEMBER 14 - AT THE 6
This tune was inspired by the feeling of being home, and the changing feeling of home takes on at different times in your life.
DECEMBER 13 - TONE JOURNEY
I have been spending more and more time trying to find a tone that I am happy with for my electric rig. This is a little melody after messing around with another amp I borrowed from a friend.
DECEMBER 12 - ONE STEP AT A TIME
This was inspired by that overwhelming feeling of chaos when the amount of things to get done is much much greater than the hours available.
DECEMBER 11 - THE MIRROR'S REFLECTION
I often practice in front of a mirror to work on my bow hand, and this little progression came out of a little practice session.
DECEMBER 10 - ON YOUR OWN
I was inspired to write this after a conversation with the owner of a bed a breakfast I recently stayed at in Manitoba. His wife had just lost her battle with cancer and this little phase stuck out to me. This is only the start of the song for now.
DECEMBER 9 - COPPER AND AMPS
A little progression / melody after messing around with a couple of amps I borrowed from a friend. Not your typical fiddle tune.
DECEMBER 8 - BIRDIE ON THE SILL
I woke up this morning and sat at my desk to write today's tune, and the little bird that often sits on my window sill was spending a lot of time there today. So I wrote a tune with this bird as the inspiration.
DECEMBER 7 - SCOTTISH VISITOR
I wanted to write a tune in the key of C#, and what came out sounds a bit like a Scottish tune. Definitely not a key/tune that you will here at a trad jam, but it has that feel to me!
DECEMBER 6 - HOUSEBROKEN HEDGEHOG
My band mate in The Fretless, Ben Plotnick, was staying at my house this morning and after a previous conversation about how all the Bens that I know are musical beasts and somehow all resemble a hedgehog (at least a little), the name housebroken hedgehog was born. So we sat down and wrote this tune together. Specifically, this tune goes out to Ben Knorr.
DECEMBER 5 - CONTINUOUS JOURNEY
After a weekend of great music and meeting a whole lot of great people from around the world at both the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Folk Music Canada's Folk North, this morning was a time of reflection for my musical path. That was the inspiration behind this little melody today. Soothing at times, with unexpected twists popping up, and times of stillness.
DECEMBER 4 - AVENUE E
I found myself searching for a melodic starting point in writing today's tune, and it oddly had a reasonable parallel with driving through a neighborhood to get to where you are going. I had to find the key avenue of my tune destination.
DECEMBER 3 - NEARLY EVERYTHING
After watching recently The Theory of Everything, the idea that a single equation could explain everything is something that didn't sit well with me. This tune was inspired by that little thought and curiosity - is this tune solvable with this theoretical equation?
DECEMBER 2 - THE REDUCTION
The idea of boiling down a liquid or sauce while cooking was the idea for this tune. Similar ideas and themes slightly changed make up the melodies of the A and B section for this tune.
DECEMBER 1 - AN OLD BEGINNING
Inspired by that feeling of beginning an intensive project again. After all the lessons learned and energy spent with the previous experiences, it all boils down to starting the project and working at it until it is done.