Temporary Art

It’s all temporary, really.

However, I’m referring to something I do with my own work. Sometimes, I create music or writing that I know I’ll just throw away later. Call it temporary art. This is especially true with the small amount of traditional songwriting I still do from time to time.

Here’s the deal with my songwriting. First, I have nowhere to perform currently, with COVID-19. Second, I don’t really have the studio setup to record high-quality vocals. It lowers my motivation. So, I’ve kind of put songwriting on a back burner.

Even when I do write a song, I tend to write mock lyrics, tongue-in-cheek, about something going on in the world, or in my life. I’ll often record the vocals with weird effects and noise because I don’t have the tools or time to record something of a finer quality.

It’s like rot-gut whiskey.

Why am I explaining all of this? Because I just recorded a new song a couple of days ago. And although it’s available for you to listen to, it’s temporary art. I’ll trash it at some point. It’s just a matter of time. Sure, I might save some of the files and resurrect something from the bones, but it’s not going to last in it’s current form.

Sometimes, I post these half-mastered pieces of trash on my second SoundCloud account. Currently, you can find the new song posted there. But like previous temporary art, it might not be there next year, or even next month.

Check out my alternate (Dan Steven Erickson) SoundCloud account for my current temporary art. After all, everything is temporary. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.