Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Fuzzy Wuzzy Was A Woman

For the first time ever I'm making a compilation CD. In fact, I've never made a compilation anything for someone else. Many moons ago I had various tapes (oooh...I LOVE the fact that I'm old enough to remember tapes!) that I made for myself. It was never an issue for me what I was putting on there, because I could just make more and more tapes. But I'm making a CD for someone else is a whole different ball game. I find myself reminded of High Fidelity by Nick Hornby (if you haven't read it, do so immediately). It really is quite a personal thing, and I find myself putting way more thought into doing this CD than I ever have for any of my blog posts.

With writing I kind of just splodge it out and hope that at the end it makes some sort of sense. Hopefully, within any given post, there will be a little bit of humour, or sarcasm, maybe even a point or two and if I'm lucky only the odd spelling mistake. But with music, well...it takes planning. You can't just be slapdash about it. Throwing a bunch of tunes down just isn't an option. It needs to be punchy, but subtle, and it has to flow. You can't have a really high tempo foot stomping tune and then whip the carpet out from under the listeners feet by putting in a softly softly effort. And like any very good book, it's got to start with a hook. Something that's going to really capture your intended listener, saying to them "This is just a sign of things to come". Well, I've got the hook done. Kind of. Ok, it's a choice of 2. No, wait...it's 3. Arse.

There's also the fact that the damn CD doesn't hold enough songs. I thought I'd start by selecting an array of tunes that were "essentials", putting them on the CD and finding out how much space I had left for the "essentials, but not essential essentials". Well, I didn't even manage to get the Essentials on there. So now I find myself leaving out songs before I can even begin to think about what sort of order to put them in.

I should really set myself a time frame in order to get it completed, otherwise I'm still going to be faffing around like a fairy come Christmas.

(Oh, and WITHOUT using Google, or any other such internet type searchy thingy, I will give the contents of my left coat pocket to the first person that can tell me what the post title is).

4 comments:

Beth said...

Bet there's some Weller and Oasis on that CD. Maybe some Longpigs?
The contents of your left coat pocket will not be coming my way. I cheated. All I could come up with on my own was "Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Bear..."

arbyn said...

You know, I bet if you made an mp3 cd (an option in iTunes) you could fit all your essentials on the cd.

Just an idea.

Come to Canada! I want to buy a house and I need a good decorator! To help me flip it!

Princess of the Universe said...

Oh dear- I really didn't put THAT much work into the CD I sent you. Although I did download some music especially for you - you didn't get that same Canadian mix that I've sent everyone else.

And I'm with Beth- weren't you quoting "Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Bear?"

SMARTBuddy said...

No cheating - Its a drinking game right?