What’s Up?

The good – Working on music

The bad – Collaboration may not work out

The ugly – A sad situation for my friend

 

It’s been over a year since my last post. So what have I been doing? Several things, including working on music. I’ve been writing new songs and recording demos.

A Collaboration?
Last October, I asked a guitarist, singer, and songwriter friend of mine from my old hometown in Ohio if he’d like to collaborate on music with me. We played music together for a while in the mid-1980s, first at jam parties, then later in a band. We reconnected in January of 2007 and have been exchanging email messages on a weekly basis since, talking about music, sports, old times, and our current lives.

But things have been slow to develop in our music collaboration. We’ve identified some of his previously-written songs that we might record, and some of mine. I’ve written a few new songs specifically for this collaboration. I’ve also recorded some demos of my songs, both old and new, for him to scrutinize, critique, and collaborate on. But his efforts and contributions toward this collaboration have been very limited.

The End Of Our Collaboration?
I started to doubt that anything fruitful would develop from this collaboration. Then, this past weekend, he sent me an email message stating that his mom had fallen a couple of days ago and suffered life-threatening injuries.

Obviously, my friend must be devastated by this turn of events. I know how devastated I was when my mom battled cancer for many months, then passed away. It sent me into depression that took years to overcome. So I doubt that my friend will be in any sort of mental state to work on music for quite a while.

I feel so bad for my friend, his mom, and his family. It’s been about a week and so far there have been no updates from my friend concerning his mom’s condition. I’ve checked their local newspaper’s web site, but haven’t found any information.

A Sad Ending? A New Beginning?
At this point, I think any hopes of music collaboration with my friend are very slim. Perhaps he might want to try it again in the future, but that will most likely be six months to a year from now. So I think that I’m looking at going solo again.

However, I’m not looking at this collaboration attempt as a total failure. It has inspired me to write new rock and blues music. I was once a HUGE fan of rock music, but had moved on to other genres. But I think I will continue to work on my rock and blues songs and try to complete them for release.

Update June 3, 2013
I found out yesterday that my friend’s mom has been released from the hospital and has been transferred to a rehabilitation facility. This is great news. I still doubt that my friend will be able to work on music collaboration for some time though.

…jf…

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