shadowofmefisto asked: Im curious about how or why you started doing this, and even more, why tumblr? how you found tumblr and why you use it? idk :P
I started CI because I love songwriting but need motivation to consistently work at it. Why on Tumblr, though? My kid sister showed me Tumblr one day, and I was instantly intrigued by the idea of micro-blogging. I decided it would be fun to focus a blog on songwriting because I noticed the Tumblrverse was very 2D (all photos and text), and it would be original to bring music to it. I also appreciated the Ask/Answer and messaging features. There’s a natural, collaborative community on Tumblr that makes it a good fit for CI. When I started the blog, I used to just post open asks about song concepts, and I relied on input from you lovely strangers to shape the songwriting process. In general not enough people responded, though, so I started just browsing through blogs until I was inspired. And then I’d surprise people with a song for them. Who doesn’t like surprises? By total accident, I dedicated a song to someone on Tumblr’s staff, and in response I was given the opportunity to spotlight my blog under /musicians. It was an honor, and I like to think I haven’t wasted it. I’m still eagerly bringing audio to Tumblr’s 2D environment (even if Tumblr doesn’t make audio posts very friendly for the user or consumer). Some days I don’t know if it is the best medium for my project, but I’m not sure where else I’d go. Plus, I like everyone here too much! — KC
stjohn69 asked: What style do you play for your songs?
Indie Futuristic Metal Shoegaze Jazz Fusion…Ok. I made that genre up. But musical genres do have ridiculous names like that. As I describe on my Artists page, I am resistant to fitting myself into a genre mold. I respect the idea of genres and that people prefer to listen to one over another, but I am all over the place creatively. I enjoy too many styles right now to choose one. I realize that probably makes me unapproachable to listeners who’d like me to do one thing, but I can’t help it. With all this said, I am an avid minimalist. My favorite music tends to be one voice and one instrument, so that’s how I tend to write. Music like this is raw, emotional, and cuts to the chase. I am also a poet first. I taught myself guitar merely to add something to my poetry. I’ve only taken one, semester-long music theory course. Surprisingly, a simple foundation like that is all it takes to understand every song on the radio and write songs of your own. I revel in the simple, existing structures of music and just breaking the rules in tiny ways here and there. I don’t intend to study jazz or more complicated music theory. When I push the envelope, it is with my storytelling. I like songs that tell stories. And one way I’m pushing the envelope is by telling your stories instead of mine. Musicians are an egotistical lot, and we listeners encourage the behavior by calling it “genuine.” But I thought it would be different to focus on others’ experiences when I write, and just use myself as a filter. It has worked better than I expected so far. Partly this is because I’ve lived similar enough experiences to the people that reach out to me to empathize, so I can convert my liquid emotional fuel into a flame that reflects their light. But mainly this is because my followers submit such wonderful stories. Thank you, followers, and please continue. — KC
Clever girls look for clever boys
but never seem to find them.
Clever boys look for daft girls
and find plenty.
I don’t want a daft girl.
I’ve retired from looking.
I’m blindfolded, tied to a chair,
waiting for a clever girl to find me.