Down and Back Again

A quick post:

Went to see a bizarre double-bill on Tuesday night: Donovan Woods and Tunng.  Bizarre because I’ve been a big fan of Tunng for about three years now…and because I went to University with Donovan.

So, I show up, and after a short wait Donovan goes on.  And does an AMAZING show.  The songwriting is pristine, he’s mastered the power of perfect length* AND his voice was spot on.  I enjoyed every song, and the friends with me enjoyed it too.

Of course, I got very very depressed.  I mean, I’ve been doing music since long before I went to University…and have been writing and performing ever since.  I’ve slacked off.  I’ve lost it.

Why can’t *I*’ open for Tunng?

I wasn’t mad at Donovan, obviously.  I bought his CD (a friend did too…see, we support independent music!), I was amazed at each song, but I was down and that’s for sure.

Then Tunng came on…three piece instead of the full band but with some clever technological trickery, an amazing performance, and a great blend of new and old songs, I was back again.

Why?  Because I watched their performance, I watched VERY closely, and I realized that the approach they’re taking is one I would love to try out.  I could very much grab a midi controller, a laptop, and do something fun and unique.  And if I could do it with friends or collaborators that would be even better.

Now the hard part is over – the change of perspective –  and the harder part is coming…motivation!

I’ll keep you posted!

Follow Tunng on Twitter @thisistunng

Follow Donovan Woods on Twitter @donovanwoods

* Perfect Length…a lot of songwriters can’t seem to figure it out: songs have a length…if it’s too short it’s somewhat acceptable because we’re left wanting more…if it’s too long we get BORED people!  If your song is three minutes long, don’t stretch it to six because you want to add more verses and since the hook a few more times!


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