This is a pretty common scenario. You write some cool riffs, maybe even record them and add some other tracks so now you have a complete section. You have good intentions of making it into a full song but part of you knows it will probably sit there incomplete for another month or year or multiple years or…
Well there are only so many years, unless you intend on passing it on to some younger person to take over? Is that your plan. If so, then thats pretty weird but you can do whatever you like, it’s your music. Personally i would rather finish the stupid thing off and share it around, or at least have it as a finished song for myself to listen to. Theres a good chance it won’t meet the expectation you had of it in your head, thats because your imagination can make it sound perfect. Thats ok, each time you finish a new song it will get closer to that ideal production you had in your head.
I’m in the same boat, i have many riffs all over the place with some potential but incomplete non the less.
So how to we change our ways?
A bit of focus goes a long way. Write down somewhere which song you intend to finish This holds you to it in some respect. Now go into your daw or whatever your using and start doing what you have to do to make it happen. This doesn’t mean you should stop writing other stuff at the same time it just means get one at a time done fully.
– Make a decision to produce one particular song (well).
– Write some different sections like into or some joining parts.
– Figure out where or who or what you need to make it happen.
– The song is more important than the recording tools, so focus mainly on the song writing.
– Put in some markers for sections
– Click track or no click
– make a scratch track
– Don’t mix until you’ve finished recording!
Kick yourself in the ass and finish the song.
Mix it and mark it off the list. Go and record your next song.