Studio FB Live Episode 001: The Grind

As I sat down and pressed the “go live” button I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had an idea of what I wanted to accomplish, but would it pan out? There were some good moments and some really frustrating moments, but at the end of the day I sat down and created something.

Thursday on Studio FB Live, Episode 001, I continued working on a track currently titled “The Grind.” It’s an electro-blues track trying to tell the story of the ups and downs of life. The grind if you will.

I started this track after listening to ZZ Ward’s new album The Storm. I absolutely love the track Let It Burn, a haunting slow groove that blends old school blues with the electronic grooves of today’s sound.

When I started I wanted to bring in similar elements to what I heard is ZZ’s track. I love how empty the instrumentation is and how it plays into the overall feel of the track. I tried to do the same with The Grind.

I’m not done with it yet, so we’ll see if I can make it work or not….

This Week

This week my goal was to address some of the piano issues, work out the feel of the drums in the chorus, and add electric guitar. During the live event I was able to hit all of these areas, but at the end, something didn’t feel right. It still doesn’t.

I’m not sure what it is, but this track hasn’t had its “moment” yet. That moment when it all comes together and you know it’s exactly where it needs to be. I’m wrestling with this one. The guitars feel weak, the drums are off, my solo was halfhearted. It just hasn’t landed…yet.

Moving Forward

As I continue to work on this track I’m going to have to keep massaging it and hope that its “moment” will be here soon. It’s not at the place where I need to step away from it, but my hope is that in the days and weeks to come it finds its sweet spot.

The Creative Process

Creativity is a funny thing. Some days you feel on top of your game and that no one can touch you. Then, moments later the poser syndrome hits you and you vow to never create again. It’s a battle some days, but we must keep going. We must keep creating. Not because we need to, but because we have to.

No matter where you are today know that you are not alone and that your art matters.

Let’s go!


Question: What are you working on today? How is it going?

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Phoenix is an album compiled of songs I did from a personal creative challenge I set for myself. Write and record a track a week for 8 weeks straight. It was a difficult process, but one that taught me a ton about the creative process. Enjoy.

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Darren A. Cooper

Darren A. Cooper

I am a writer, musician, and creative telling stories through music. I create to challenge and inspire you to create your art. It's your life. Your art. What are you creating? #createyourart

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