Happy New Year, everyone!

Maybe the Mayans meant that 2012 would just be the end of John Cusack's career, and not necessarily the whole world.

 

I’m not usually one for making new years resolutions. Not to sound pessimistic or anything, but I always figured why promise myself I’d start reading more classic literature, or learn a new language, or stop hitting myself in the temple with a paperweight until I’m blissfully unconscious, and then have laziness or lack of time or accidentally watching an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians come along and undo all of that?

That said, I figure if I make some music-related resolutions this year, I’ll be more likely to hang on to them past the point when SyFy releases the next Mega Shark movie that usually undoes all my plans. So here’s a few things I was hoping to get done (or avoid doing) this year, as far as my writing’s concerned:

 

1. Try more vocal writing.

I loves me the instrumental stuff, partially because I feel like I have more control over what I’m doing when it comes to instruments, but a little bit of me wonders if it’s also because it’s kinda safe. I haven’t done a lot of writing with lyrics, and with more and more games using vocal music these days, I figure I should give it a try. I don’t have a great singing voice, but I can keep a tune. Better yet, I know several really talented singers I could possibly bribe into doing it.

 

2. Collaborate more!

I had a great time working on Play It Forward with a literal horde of super talented musicians. *cough* it’spaywhatyouwantanditallgoestocharitysograbacopyifyouhaven’tyet *cough*. Whoops, sorry. I have a very rare disorder that causes me to type any audible sounds I might make while writing a blogpost. And there’s no cure. No, deleting it isn’t an option, stop asking about it.

That said, especially with the ridiculous number of fellow composers and musicians I’ve met through Twitter, there’s really no reason not to set up more opportunities to work with my fellow starving liberal arts graduates.

 

3. Easy on the chiptunes.

That’s not to say I’m going to stop writing them all together. But there are a lot of great artists writing retro-inspired stuff like that right now, and I want to make sure I’m taking the time to try something different as well.

 

There are a few more smaller goals I have in mind too, but those are the big ones for 2012. What about you? Have any of you out there set any resolutions for the coming year, or am I the only one naive enough to still be doing this?

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to do 15 minutes of this Rosetta Stone chapter before I decide that just faking the accent is good enough instead.

 

Ryan