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, 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,'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).


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?