I am writing a tune at the moment. I have reached a point in the development of this tune where a decision must be made about what the tune is, what it is saying, and where it is going.
I really like the initial idea of the tune. It’s funky, bluesy, percussive and fun. It is not quite like anything I’ve written before. It is strong enough to stand on its own as a tune.
Do I keep it as a relatively simple, fun, funky tune?
Or should I take it further, develop it into a more involved, and perhaps more rewarding, musical story? I have some ideas for this that I am exploring.
Both directions will probably work. Which one do I choose?
If I leave it as a simple, fun tune, I will never know how the story turns out.
If I develop it into a longer piece of music with multiple sections, I could be giving up the simple effectiveness of the original idea.
This decision is not easy to make, but it must be made. Otherwise the tune will just hang in limbo.
Since I am not ready yet to make this decision about the tune, I am going to make an interim decision instead: I will work for the rest of this week on development ideas. If by the end of the week I am not really excited by the direction of the writing, I will choose the simple option.