I have been practicing The Cult's "She Sells Sanctuary", one of my favorite songs of all-time. It is a song that has a tremendous amount of meaning and symbolism for me personally. As a song, it has some challenging elements for a guy who hasn't picked up a guitar in awhile, but I am able to get it to where you can actually tell what I am playing! I also have been playing with the intro to the Slash song "Ghost", which makes for a nice exercise in itself.
The other interesting thing is that I've stumbled upon a few of my own riffs and progressions as I've been getting back into it, which has been a pleasant discovery. As I told a friend of mine, I do think about music on a deeper level than I did the last time I picked up a guitar, and I think this is an early sign of that as I have an inclination to think about patterns and structure of songs, riffs, and progressions. I am interested to see where this goes as things evolve. Perhaps like a writer improves by reading a lot, I can make strides from the dedicated listening to music that I have done over the years.
The past month, with the exception of one day where I poured out a lot of emotive things into one writing session, I have been unable to write. Just too much of a storm on the inside, but last night I felt the first tingles of a drive to get back at the writing. Was thinking of the Hellscapes tales I've written, and the ones that are in process for Volume 2, as it is Halloween. In the state of mind I've been in, opening the gates fully to these dark worlds might result in some interesting twists and material, and might ultimately be a good way for me to get a few things out of me. I might give it a shot today or this weekend.
Like I've been saying, a day at a time...and maybe the seasons will change.
....and though the heart of what this song is about is far, far away from where I am now, this song really reaches into me and I look forward to getting the guitar playing down on this one: