When I first heard Brain Stew, it made me realize just how far I had to go to become a serious writer.
The first two albums on the band’s excellent label, Wretched, were full of the same old tired songs.
They were all, for lack of a better term, self-indulgent.
It was a waste of time.
I was only learning to write and sing songs that would sound good in the studio, I was just writing the same crap I had been doing for the past three years, with a few more songs thrown in for good measure.
I wasn’t getting any higher.
So when I heard the first song on Brain Stew—the one that made me want to write songs that sounded like I was trying to write a novel—I knew immediately it had to be better.
I listened to it again and again, thinking it was a really good album.
Then, two weeks later, I listened again and listened again, and it became obvious that this wasn’t going to be a long-term project.
But then, as I was playing my drums at home, I saw a poster on the wall of the studio where I had put the song.
It had been played on a band tape.
“You are not going to make it on this album,” it read.
I knew this wasn.
But if this wasn, it wasn’t.
I wanted to write better.
And I wanted this to sound like it was.
I decided to write my first song for the record.
It took me a while to figure out how to do this.
The songs were written over a span of a few months, from January of 2016 to February of 2017.
I didn’t know how to get the album ready to go live.
I had the album mastered and was recording the first few songs at home.
Then I got a call from Wretched.
The record company asked if I could be on the label as a producer and, after some negotiation, agreed.
The only reason I got to play drums on the record is because Wretched asked me to record all the vocals.
That meant I would have to learn how to sing the songs.
So I got out of the house and went to my apartment to practice singing for a week.
The song was a huge success.
The band and I went to the studio for another day of rehearsal, and I recorded it at my studio, in my studio.
I wrote lyrics, and then I wrote the vocals myself.
I started singing along to the track, singing along with the other musicians, and they loved it.
I went back to my house to write the next few songs, but the song that made the biggest impression was the one about my mother.
The lyrics read like a script.
It started out with me trying to explain what was happening, saying that she had died, but I couldn’t come up with anything.
Then it turned to this scene from The Big Lebowski, where an angry farmer says to his son, “I’ll never have another child,” and then he goes on to say, “You know, I’m going to have a whole brain.
I’ll have a brain child.”
And it’s like, “Well, it’ll never happen.
That’s not going the way I want it to.”
It’s like we’re saying, “We don’t want that.”
I wanted that, so I wrote my own verse.
I made it as sweet and as real as I could make it.
It’s one of my favorite lyrics in the whole record.
The album went on to be an instant hit.
It won an Academy Award for Best Alternative Album and it’s one I still hold dear.
The next album, Brain Stew 2, came out in 2018.
But it wasn, at the time, the best of the two albums.
It didn’t have the same impact as the first one.
It wasn’t as poppy or as good, and some people felt that it didn’t even deserve the same accolades as the album it replaced.
It made a little more sense to me at the end of 2018 when I got back to the recording studio.
It felt like we were doing the same thing, and the only difference was that the first album was the only thing that made sense.
I put it out and went home.
It became clear to me that this album wasn’t worth the effort, the time and the effort to write.
It might have made me feel like a writer, but at the same time, it didn´t make me any more confident that I could write.
That was when I realized that I needed to learn to write for real.
I would never be a great writer, even if I had enough money and time, if I didn´ttwrite.
I needed a real voice to write from.
I took that lesson to heart.
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