Friday, 18 November 2011

If I were to release a "best of"

In the early days, I created little pictures inspired by each of my songs...I haven't done it in way too long!
Truth is, my albums tend to contain bits and pieces that I'm not entirely thrilled with, but some contain more bits that make me happy than others. If I were to compile a 'best of', it'd probably look something like this (let's fantasise for a moment that it's a double disc affair!):

Disc 1
  1. Shelter
  2. Yes, New Loving
  3. Xerxes (it's not really about the Persian dude, but you know...)
  4. U.F.O.
  5. Northern Storm (worse than demo quality, recorded using Windows Sound Recorder and el cheapo headset microphone, but I've never managed to record a version I'm happier with)
  6. Revelled
  7. By the Wayside (Lush Version) (it's a bit too quiet, but if you turn it up you can hear it! hehe)
  8. Restrung (at present I'm rather fond of this one, and I listen to it a lot...yes, I listen to my own music. Sue me)
  9. Glossary Head (2011 version) (yes, there is an original version which I also quite like, but I think this one's a bit more "special")
  10. Build A Bridge
  11. Pay
  12. Beyond Pale and Ageless (Alt. Version)
  13. Leaves
  14. Chaos Theory ('cause it's weird and experimental and I like it)
  15. James Dale (Edit) (it's short, sad and about a character I killed off in a novel)
  16. What Do I Have To Do? (haunting, weird, experimental, reminds me of snow)
  17. A Lizard (like a fair few other songs of mine, these lyrics were written during high school...and set to music only in recent years)
  18. Interlude 3 (the third of the interludes, and yes, my favourite)
  19. Back Flip
Disc 2
  1. Judgement Line
  2. I Need Sleep
  3. Run Like A Man (edit) (it was only an edit 'cause I messed up the ending...still kicking myself for that, 'cause this was the best recording I ever did of this song, apart from that ending mess!)
  4. Red (this one reminds me of my character Louise from SUNDOWN)
  5. Burn This Need
  6. Debutantes (this song came to me in a dream, and Billy Corgan was singing it. It was a lot more rocking in my sleep)
  7. Weights On (remix)
  8. Snail Break (this is a song I co-wrote with a friend in primary school...I think he did most of the writing. Our early recording of it sounded nothing like this one)
  9. Judgement Line (Electric) - more haunty than the original
  10. Rude
  11. On the Clock (Snook Sessions) (I have no good recordings of this yet, but I think it has potential)
  12. Backhand (short and not so sweet?)
  13. Death's Business
  14. Experience (dedicated to at least one bastard out there!)
  15. Domino Head (I do believe the tempo's a bit messed up, but I still like it)
  16. Storyteller
  17. Fall on Death
  18. Token (possibly the first song I ever wrote? Definitely the first I ever shared with anyone)
  19. Ten Times Ten (Billy and WAG) (my first ever collaboration, so very exciting! This Billy guy seriously made my song sound amazing!)

And okay, maybe some bonus tracks (some of my favourite covers):
  1. Real Love (Smashing Pumpkins cover)
  2. Darkangel (Gabriel) (VNV Nation cover)
  3. Scientific (the Government cover) - these guys are my friends and I used to go see their band live all the time. There aren't any recordings of their version of the song, as far as I know, and I really wanted to preserve it on 'tape')
P.S. NaNo word count = 57,331.


  1. Lyrics are the one thing I can't write (summaries don't count because I can write them, they just suck) so I applaud you for being able to do it.

    NaNo count = 52,884. Yeah, not had much time these past two days. I knew I should have started sooner, but I didn't have any concrete planning.

  2. Don't fret Brooke, real life does get in the way!! Just focus on doing what you can! I decided last night that I probably need to stop just writing for the sake of it and skip to the parts I want to write. It may cut down on fluff I have to cut out later, too. I tend to write TOO MUCH that needs cutting later.

    Re: lyrics, I never really set out to write lyrics. Usually they're poems that become lyrics later.

  3. Wow! I've got quite a few tracks to sift through here! Nice! Will make my way through and let you know what I think :) Can I possibly have your email?

  4. You've already written a book?! I think you outNaNoed NaNo. :)

    And I really have to spend some time listening to these songs. I'm thoroughly intrigued by many of titles.

  5. That's quite a body of musical work.

    Good job on NaNo as well.

    Tossing It Out

  6. @Arlee, it's just a small selection. hehe

    @Judie, thank you!!

  7. Good job on nano. You have excellent opinions on music.


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