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I feel useless tonight

A confection that’s stale and might

Break a tooth if indulgence succumbed 

Better to leave me alone
I feel horny tonight

Anxious and longing cause the moment is right

Driven from terrors of quieted rage

Trapped inside a locked cage
I was searching

I was searching for my soul

Cause I was sent here

I was sent to rock and roll
Someone save me tonight

There’s no reason, no wrongs and no rights

Just a sad lonely ghost

Trying to make the most
Someone save me tonight

I’m a little boy lost to the night

With no light source no one for a guide

Someone save me tonight
I was searching

I was searching for my soul

Cause I was sent here

I was sent to rock and roll
Someone save me tonight

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I previously wrote about my music and a song in particular called The Tinkerer. In that post, I mentioned how my love for musicals was beginning to take over my songwriting process. In the intervening weeks, that love has infused and taken over the concept for my upcoming album. Yes, it will be a concept album, much in the vein of Green Day’s American Idiot or Coldplay’s Viva la Vida.

Not all the songs are new. Some, I’ve played with people before; some are songs that didn’t fit into the general feeling of the other songs at the time; and some are songs that were so personal I was scared to show them to anyone. With the writing of The Tinkerer, I found a structure to hang these other songs on, giving them a context that didn’t have to involve me directly. I’m at a place now where performing personal songs doesn’t produce the amount of intense panic-induced sweat it did before but having a character express these things places a thin layer of bubble wrap around my frightened and sensitive soul.

Also, I just wanted to make the album into a story.

I technically haven’t written in my novel for a few weeks now, but since these songs are about the same characters, it’s almost just as good, if not better. I’m thinking of these characters in different ways, from different angles, different perspectives, which informs me of how they would react to different things. The plot is slightly different from album to novel but the character emotions and motivations are the same and it’s made the writing process feel smoother. Both are informing the other, the novel infused a structure to what would otherwise just be a gathering of songs and the songs have helped to understand why the characters do what they do.

Ultimately, I hope this process will improve both. I think it has but I won’t know for sure until I get back to the novel. And I will get back to it. It’s only a matter of time.

The lyrics for The Tinkerer can be found here:

https://blogofahrenscholtz.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/the-tinkerer-lyrics-final/

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