Grasping Nettles: a blog about starting things and sometimes even finishing them.

Suite for five parts

Here are three things I wrote before I started exploring tonal harmony a bit more seriously. They’re numbered one to three because they do sort of tell a story, but it’s not one I’m going to put into words; suffice it to say it ends upbeat and optimistic. Again, I wrote them out in MuseScore […]

I don’t know what to do with this organ refrain

I’ve had this snippet of organ-based psychedelia kicking around on my computer for a while now and I don’t know what to do with it. (It wasn’t played on the organ in the picture, sadly; that needs repairing.) I’ve tinkered around with it on the computer this morning, and maybe there’s no more to do […]

An unfinished cajon is just a useless box

I’m finding it hard to start this because it means facing up to the fact that I got quite far on this project and then stopped when I hit a problem, because I was terrified of making it worse. That was a year ago. Maybe this will spur me into completing it – or maybe […]

Making Butterflies fly

Last week I wrote about how Logic Pro X helps me release ideas from my head in a way I couldn’t before and turn them into more-or-less fully-realised compositions. Butterflies is one of those, which I finally let fly in the wild on Soundcloud recently. Butterflies started life three and a half years ago with […]


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