I was away all weekend, so there’s not necessarily much to talk about. Although there kind of is, actually.
Let’s do the three things, though, because one of them is related to the above paragraph’s cryptic nature.
GAMES: Nothin’. I am kinda sorta really wanting to play Sunless Sea, even though I’m not really sure what it is or if I’d actually play it more than once. I’m tempted to wait to pick it up after I finish recording, as a kind of reward; or perhaps pick it up in a Steam Sale, since the last few sales have been pretty barren as far as stuff being on sale that I don’t already own.
On the other hand, I’ve been thinking about Evolve, and a few things became apparent rather quickly: as much as I really liked the Left 4 Dead games, you really need a reliable group of friends to truly enjoy what they have to offer; my PS4 friends list is pretty small, and I’m honestly not sure if my XB1 friends remember who I am. In any event, I wasn’t going to be online all that much over the next few weeks anyway (because of this music project), so by the time I made myself available, it’s entirely possible that the Evolve scene will have moved on to something else. So I’m taking that one off the table, and instead it’s the first entry in my “Notable Omissions” column in my “2015 Games Played” spreadsheet.
BOOKS: Finished Patton Oswalt’s “Silver Screen Fiend“, which I liked very much even if it wasn’t nearly as dark as it kept implying it would be, and which also has an absurdly long appendix listing every movie he watched in a 4-year span, and which I did not actually read all the way through. Immediately started Amy Poehler’s “Yes Please“, because reading memoirs by my favorite comedians is a very pleasant way to spend my time.
MUSIC: So I spent Sunday afternoon going over last week’s demos and loops, and sent them out to a very small group of interested listeners. I like working this way, I think; I’m definitely not falling into my usual “obsess over one demo and then stop working on anything else” routine. Unfortunately, I’m also not sure if I still like any of the stuff I recorded, either. But these Sunday audio dumps aren’t meant to fix problems; they’re only meant for collating and sending out. Tonight I work on new stuff, rather than obsess and ruminate over last week’s stuff. (I know I just said that I wasn’t sure if I liked anything I sent out; that’s not 100% true. There is one idea in particular that I want to develop some lyrics for, actually, and if anything from last week ends up making the final cut, it’ll probably be this one.)
In related news: I just got rather violently snapped out of that melancholy funk I’ve been wandering around in for the last 4 months. On the one hand, this is great, because that mood was rather weighty and exasperating to deal with. On the other hand, the prolonged nature of this mood was a motivating factor in putting together this recording project’s subject matter. I don’t necessarily believe that you have to be miserable in order to capital-C Create… but… it’s also hard to tap into an emotion that you’re no longer feeling. In the end, though, fuck it: I’d rather be happy. And I am happy. Happiness is a muse, too.