Anatomy of a Hit - 1 Year Later
In that post I talked about my dabbling in music during the mid 90's culminating in a minor dance hit that I co-wrote with friends Ivan Gough (of TV Rock fame) and Andrew Harpur.
I also announced my intention to try and write a hit record over the next 12 months (the blog post was written July 2008.)
Subsequent to that post I bought a 'proper' electronic piano (a Roland FP-7) complete with ultra realistic sounds and fully weighted keys.
I also signed up for lessons with a local professional.
Regrettably, while my tutor was brilliant and extremely patient (Jenny Ford from Melbourne School of Music) it turned out I was not the ideal student. The combination of my regular and lengthy traveling OS with a very busy schedule meant I wasn't able to dedicate the necessary time both to the lessons and 'daily' practice.
All is not lost on the learning front however as I wont be traveling OS as much in the near future and I will shortly be moving near Melbourne's CBD (further reducing daily travel in and out of the city). I also now have a brilliant EA working with me (@lindywaldeck) to free up even more time meaning I've ran out of excuses.
I will re-commence lessons in some form (am considering trying the interactive lessons included within the new version of Garageband) in the coming weeks, fingers crossed.
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The thrust of my 'Anatomy of a Hit' post was that I would try and write/produce a hit record over the year following that post.
Its a little over a year since I wrote that post and I 'may' be onto something, albeit a fair way away from what I had originally intended.
My original plan was to take a track that had been bouncing around in my head at the time and try and turn said track into a professionally recording for 'hopeful' release commercially through a record label.
To do that, and mindful of the complexity of the track that I was wanting to do, I felt I had to learn piano in order to have the necessary skills to play then record the song.
Around 3 - 4 months ago I was thinking about a song I had written with 2 friends in the mid 90's and an 'idea' sprung to mind as to how that song could be re-worked thematically for 'now' and brought up to date musically also.
I don't want to give too much away at this stage, suffice to say that the song is about Love in the age of Social Media.
Over the past few months I have worked with one of the original song writers to re-tool the lyrics along the new 'theme'. I have also worked with 2 professional producers/muso's to help bring the track into 2009 and give it the polish and finish necessary for a global, commercial release.
Am currently in the middle of working through the agreement for its release and am also working on a video clip.
Am planning on releasing the track on iTunes and other platforms mid October and will provide a more detailed update via this blog in the lead up to its release.
Posted by Lindy Waldeck on 09/09 at 09:52 PM