This is the fourth Monday of 2015, and the last one in January -- which means that my Create52 goal has made it through the entire first month!
This has been a fun thing to do and now I'm fully committed. In fact, I can't stop doing this any more than I can stop the rain from falling. So let's use that as a theme for today's Create52 entry.
But first, if you're a new visitor to my blog, let me say "welcome!" and explain what I'm doing here. This is another entry in my 2105 blogging initiative -- to create something new and offer it here on my blog each and every Monday of 2015. You can get a little more background about my Create52 goal HERE, in my first Create52 post of 2015, if you'd like.
Can't Stop the Rain #1
This is another piece of music I put together for the wonderful jam site, wikiloops.com. I found a fabulous track originally done with keys by the user Marceys, then added to with drums by Jaymny and bass by OB-Lix. The original track was called "Can't Stop the Rain" by Marceys, so I stayed with that name.
You can take a listen by clicking on the images to the left or right or on this link: Can't Stop the Rain.
For this tune, I added a clean rhythm guitar track and a echo-y, distorted lead guitar track. I tried to keep my playing to a minimum during the "verse" sections to allow the beautiful piano and bass playing to come through. During the "chorus" sections, I stayed close to the chord progression in my lead for most of the song, although I stretched out a bit at the end.
But other than taking time to learn the progression and changes for my rhythm, this still ended up being a bit of a "jam" piece in that my lead is a first-pass recording. I definitely hear some things that can be improved, but overall, I think it worked out pretty well. I enjoy the wistful feel of the song that Marceys put together and it was fun to play over.
Thank you very much for listening!
Can't Stop the Rain #2
I was also inspired by the title and music to come up with another 50-word story. I haven't heard back* on the last two stories I submitted (mentioned in my Create52 post #1) to Tim Sevenhuysen at FiftyWordStories.com, so I'm not sure if I'm going to submit this one. Actually, since I'm sharing it here, I probably won't, and will send Tim two different pieces a little later in February.
But I hope you still enjoy it:
The rain falls, and I'm forced to remember.
Watching through the rivulets streaming down the window as you left that morning, I had no idea that you'd never return.
Still, I've tried to move on.
On sunny days, I've even stopped thinking of you.
But I can't stop the rain.
*NOTE: 1/29/2015 update: Since originally writing this, I have heard back from Tim on one of the two stories ("I'm Alive"), and Tim published it at FiftyWordStories.com today! I'll have more to say about this in Monday's Create52 post, but in the meantime you can check out this 50-word sci-fi story HERE.
Thank you very much for stopping by and taking part in my ongoing Create52 effort. I really appreciate it!