Tag: bone pile

  • Eclipse

    During the waning days of the pandemic, it was kind of trendy to release apocalyptic concept albums. A lot of art from that period was dystopian, end-of-the-world kind of stuff. I didn’t want to be left out so I started working on a group of songs about the sun exploding. I wrote one song specifically…

  • Right Here

    Wednesday Words You said, I sure do miss you Where have you been I said, What do you mean I’m standing right here next to you You said, Are you really I’ve forgotten how to kiss and mean it Eyes wide open, staring at the sun With every slip of the tongue I become a…

  • Kisses and Idioms

    Wednesday Words I’ve forgotten how to kiss and mean it Eyes wide open, staring at the sun With every slip of the tongue I become a little more dumb This might be the best chorus that I’ve ever written but I don’t know what to do with it. I keep pulling it from the songwriting…

  • October 24, 2020

    I pulled this tender morsel from the bonepile. It came from my voice memo app, where many half-formed song ideas wait their turn. It was labeled as October 24, 2020. I have to assume that is the day that the idea was born. It’s a guitar riff over and over for a minute and a…

  • Hard Man verse 1

    I discovered some words in an old notebook from 2018. They sparked a melody and I set it to some chords. If you are keeping score, the progression is a minor 1, minor 4, and a major 7. This is not a conventional progression. Playing it feels a little bit like breaking a law. This…

  • Bully

    Wednesday Words I found these words in an old notebook. They were dated November 12, 2018. This validates why I periodically peruse my old notebooks. I need a couple more verses but I think it’s going somewhere. I’ve been a bully, I’ve known a few Caring can be cruel, but it’s the best we can…

  • Whistle Some New Words

    Some time last spring, I wrote a song called “Whistle At the Sky.” I was happy with it at the time but it wasn’t perfect. I must have sent it to the bone pile without realizing it. The bone pile is where I stash song ideas for future use. At the time it said everything…

  • Spooky Songwriting

    I’ve got a new batch of songs developing. So far they all borrow a shard from the bone pile. There are murder ballads, zombies, and assorted monsters. Spooky season has a firm hold on my current songwriting cycle.

  • Kisses to the Bone Pile

    I’ve been working on a new song called Kiss and Mean It. I brainstormed several ideas. One idea involved the biological response the body undergoes during a kiss. Another idea had to do with a pathological fear of intimacy. The option that I spent the most time with involved an alternate ending for Romeo and…

  • Bone Pile

    The bone pile is a gruesome place. It’s where a good song idea goes to die when it is too painful to actually write. It’s where a particularly poetic line wanders aimlessly without form. It’s where a great hook is doomed to repeat on loop, over and over and over. It’s where a lonely bridge…

  • My Forgotten Valentine

    Broken and Beautiful – part 1 I wrote a song on Valentine’s Day in 2013. I vividly remember writing the song. It was a very emotional process and it felt really important at the time. It was about neglect, child abuse, and kids exchanging Valentine cards at school. I called it My Forgotten Valentine. You…

  • A Bunch of Songs

    I have written six new songs in three months. I don’t know how it compares to other songwriters but for me it is a respectable rate. I’m talking about six complete songs. This does not include the bad songs, social media snippets, and song fragments headed to the bone pile. I feel as though I…

  • Kissing Tree – New Song Nooner 15

    Kissing Tree – New Song Nooner 15

    This is a new song about the kissing tree.