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  • Writer's pictureJay Jacobson

Writing and More Writing

It has gotten harder and harder for me to blog as I’ve been doing a lot of non-blog writing the past few months. If you are up to date, you’ll know I recently finished the first draft of my one-man-show. I was very happy with it, and pretty amazed that I was able to write a show! There were 2 major changes I felt it needed. One of them has been made — and I think the show is even better now! The second change is giving me a bit more trouble. I have been struggling with it since the first draft was completed, and have still not been able to resolve it. One thing I’ve learned from the writing process so far, is that if I keep at it, it will come. So I’m still trudging along.

As I mentioned in my last radio interview, lately, while writing the show, many song ideas were coming to me. I took notes and put them aside thinking I would get back to song writing once my show was finished. But a few weeks ago, while struggling, I thought I’d take a short break from writing the show (to hopefully gain some perspective for when I return to it), and start writing songs. I also learned from my past that when songs come to me, I should write! Strike while the iron’s hot — as there are times when nothing comes to me. Well, the floodgates have opened and I’m writing songs like crazy! And I have enough great songs for a new CD! Interestingly enough, I have a LOT of previously written songs I haven’t recorded. Yet most of the songs I’ll be recording for my next CD are newly written. It seems I’ve evolved, and my new songs reflect that. I’m very excited about this new project! The producer of “Ready” and I have been talking on and off for a while about recording a new CD, and now I feel it is time. If all goes according to plan, I might be in the studio as soon as sometime this month!!

It has been a long time since I prepared songs to record, and I must say it is one of my favorite processes. I generally start with a lyric (about 75% of my new songs stared with the lyric). Once I add music, the lyrics inevitably change. Some just slightly and others become whole new lyrics. I seem to discover the song while writing it, and I love the feeling of finding my way in the dark with just the thread of the lyric and the notes of the melody to pull me along. It is such a joyous experience! My mind seems to be tuned into a different channel when I’m songwriting (I wish I could find that place so easily when writing my show)!!

Thus, I’ve been pretty preoccupied these days. I must say “thank you” to everyone who’s sent me messages about my show. I REALLY appreciate the support! My new goal is to have the show ready to rehearse by Jan 1st. Through my blogs, I will keep you all up to date on my progress — both with my show and my next CD. Stay tuned….

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