I write a bit – often in fits and starts. But today I finished something.
Radio New Zealand are running a competition to write a Christmas song. When I first heard about it I was on leave, driving down the east coast.
I got the first lines reasonably quickly, mulled the rest for a bit. Had enough for a couple of minutes. Spent a day or so recording it, then left it for a bit.
Then I did something unusual. I let people hear it. Played it to a colleague who loves Christmas and another couple of friends. People said good and constructive things.
I added some verses, re-arranged things; added instruments, even some quiet harmonies and twiddly bits. Ended up at 2:31. I mixed, listened on couple of sets of speakers. Found out my amp is only working on one channel.
And then, at 5pm, I sent it off. Time will tell what happens, but I’m happy to have it done. The hat is in the ring!