The Success of Failure

So, this whole Lied Time thing has crashed and burned. I severely misjudged the amount of time I would have to do something like this right now and it has, to be frank, bit me in the ass. After 6 attempts, I’m throwing in the towel.

So what did you learn?

I still enjoy writing things quickly and I enjoy writing short pieces. I love dealing with text, pushing against it and reflecting my own interpretation. Writing melodies is something I really dig, writing harmonies, especially ones with a sense of functional tonality, is still something that doesn’t come easily to me.

You clearly failed in doing this for any substantial length of time. How did you succeed?

I made a few good songs. I wouldn’t say that I posted anything that I’m not happy with or anything that I don’t want to have performed in public. And most of the stuff I want to hear again, too. I really like that last haiku. It gets stuck in my head some days, which I can only take as a good sign.

I also learned that I can apply for a course release and a New Research Initiative at CMU. What would I do with such release time and funds? Write More Vocal Music. I can directly cite this blog as a reason for me to get a course release in order to write more vocal music and build vocal composition at CMU. I can also cite the fact that my regular creative output time is being eaten up with instrumental/electronic composition commitments so I simply need more time to develop this genre.

Why did it work last time?

You mean the Unsafe Bull Podcast? First of all, I had a significantly lighter teaching load in the spring semester of 2007. As my output built up more steam, the quality of the podcast began to suffer. I probably did it longer than I should have (86 weeks).

Which brings back the problem of goals and Why I Don’t Like to Do Them. The tail wags the dog. Is Lied Time really a failure? Just because I didn’t write something every week? Just because I didn’t get to the arbitrary duration that I put on myself for no real reason? Nope. Not a failure. The goal was arbitrary, the achievement of it equally so.

I’ll still crank out some short songs over the next few months. Just watch me.

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One Comment

  1. Posted October 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad you don’t see this as a failure, and aren’t discouraged! And congrats on having created some songs that you’re proud of – that absolutely makes the project a success, even if you didn’t meet some of the goals you’d set for yourself.

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