Similar to my approach with mixed media, songwriting is an organic process of experimentation. Melodies are created by ear, self accompanied with acoustic guitar. Many of my songs reference prairie places and stories.
Since 2015 I have been part of an ongoing song-writing group with Deborah Holland. We bring new songs and workshop them together, honing lyrics, chords and basic arrangements.
Simple recording is part of developing a song, much like using a sketchbook. These are basic run-through tracks with an IPad in my downtown apartment. Ambient sound is audible here and there - birds, delivery trucks and passing conversation.