Scanning pages from my recording notebook today for the "Exotic Monsters" lyric books.

"Friday 5/7/20 - I feel I suck at everything I do and I'm worried about money. The internet is a fucking sickness."

That was the day I wrote this song!
I highly recommend keeping a log of the hours you put into any creative project - I like seeing how long things took and how I did them (cos I always forget and think I'll never be able to write a song again!) plus it's fun to snort with laughter at my past dramatic self.
(I don't really think the internet is "a fucking sickness")
"12/7/20 - spent an hour listening to files in the Ideas folder and put several in the WIP folder. Felt like deleting the rest but really good songs have come out of old scraps so deleting shouldn't be an emotional decision!" Good call, Past Laura.
Oh, this was 5/7/19!
Tuesday 7/4/20, 10.30am: "I love the bass!"

Always true.

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