There’s something about the short cold days and the long dark nights that make me want to spend all available time huddled up in my studio with my keyboards, guitars, and other noisy toys.
The RPM Challenge is now right around the corner. For the first time in eight years, I’m not sure how excited I am about it.
My partner in music crime has expressed disinterest. I completely understand this. We’ve used the Challenge to test and hone our skills, skills that can maybe only grow so much in this context. It’s looking like he’ll be in the middle of a move back to the seacoast during this time as well, leaving little time for collaboration.
So maybe I’m not as excited as usual.
But I do still love the limitation of a deadline.
It's been fun to use the month of February to explore new things just to see if I can make them work. I've explored new genres and reawakened my passion for composition. Every year I've learned something new about recording, the process of creating music, and myself.
When February rolls around, I do expect to dive into four weeks of intensive creativity. I know I have the skill to create (or co-create) four albums worth of material in a month. Maybe it’s time to cut back. Focus on quality instead of quantity. Merge my myriad schizophrenic musical moods into one or two projects that get all of my attention. Create something new and beautiful. Hopefully I will still have the opportunity to work with many of the friends I’ve made music with these last several years.
No matter what, 2013 is going to be an exciting time for new music, and I can’t wait to share it will you.