In case you are new to this blog, or my music, I started a fun side project last year called Fort Christmas. It actually has nothing to do with Christmas, but was named after a tradition that Elsie and I started a few years ago. If you look to your left and scroll down, there are a few Fort Christmas songs on one of the players. You can hear more songs at http://fortchristmas.bandcamp.com/ .
I realized yesterday that I haven't actually written a song in nearly a year. "The Leave Behind" was the last song I wrote. It was one of my goals for this year to finish a full length Fort Christmas album. Starting a new album always feels like starting your freshman year of high school. You're trying to decide who you want to be. I remember trying out several different personalities going into my freshman year. "Am I cool?" "Am I unique?" "Do I have anything unique to say?". Same thing here. I've had lots of false starts with this new album; mainly because I was having a hard time creating the "image" of what I wanted this to be. Every lyric that I wrote was combated with imaginary criticism from music elitists nerds. But yesterday came the breakthrough. I realised that my ego was acting as the biggest music elitist nerd. A bully. And I needed to get over myself.
I reminded myself why I was doing this in the first place. I wanted to write songs that document the first years of Elsie and I's relationship. And I wanted it to be fun. On the EP, I wrote about our first date, a road trip, starting a new business, dancing at a wedding, and getting engaged. It only seemed fitting that the first song for the full length album would be about our wedding day. I should be able to finish it up today. Nine more to go. Thanks for reading.