My brief hiatus from writing #gaming-themed songs is at an end. With this post, I am announcing my intention to write a series of songs centered on The Walking Dead: The Game, which recently won Game of the Year at Spike TV’s Video Game Awards. I credit Eric at the fantastic On The Level Gaming blog for the idea; knowing my penchant for storytelling through song, he correctly assumed I would enjoy digesting Telltale’s epic story and adding to it in my own way. I was familiar with the graphic novels and the show before Eric made the suggestion, but I was admittedly unaware that I could participate in the story as a gamer. After a bit of research, I downloaded the first episode onto my Xbox last night, and it only took a few exchanges between Lee and Clementine before my brain started puzzling out lyrics and song structures. This is really a win, win opportunity for me, as the only thing I have enjoyed writing as much as my #gaming songs are my #zombie songs.
Right now, I think a logical way to approach this is to write a song for each episode in the five episode series. The titles of each episode are already begging to be song titles or parts of a chorus; for example, “Long Road Ahead” has a Johnny Cash-luster about it. I also imagine these tunes will stylistically be minimalistic folk because 1) that fits my strengths and my budget and because 2) I think it fits a post-apocalyptic subject matter. The quantity and style are still very much up in the air, though. In the end, I may release the set as an EP on my Bandcamp page for free download, depending on public interest.
I would be thrilled to work with fans of the The Walking Dead on the lyrics, the songs, the album art, etc. If you would enjoy collaborating in any way, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t be shy!
Thanks in advance for playing along, zombie lovers!
Brains! — Kavalier Calm