Nothing to Do This was the first piece I made while in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. For this assignment, we were supposed to make a video of what we've been doing during the pandemic. The problem is that I didn't do much, so there was little to go off of. I was going to attempt a comedic song to make people laugh, but making lyrics was going to be quite time-consuming considering all the other thing I have in the week, so with the time I had I made.... this.
Once I realized that it would be more efficient to make the thingy displayed here, I decided to just go all-out. I've already chosen what the song will be, and there's no going back from it now. After all, maybe having something as weird as this just showcases how boring lockdown can be sometimes. With how bored I can be sometimes, I might as well look up information on beans while fighting myself.
The main thing I enjoyed with this piece was that it was my first ever attempt to write a piece in mixolydian. Rather than going with a specific key, though, I decided to just go with the notes of G mixolydian and D dorian, and basically merge the two keys together. As for me fighting myself, I was originally going to sing the whole song, but I realized that, being that I'm not very experienced with singing, I could only sing for about 10 seconds of the song. This is when I had the strange idea of having a debate with myself over how to do this assignment.
The truth is that this piece was all over the place at some points. I originally wanted to write a piece with Indian vibe, but it just didn't feel like it embodied lockdown for me. I also considered writing a slow song as a salute to the medical workers risking their lives to save COVID-19 patients, but I couldn't come up with an emotional melody in a key that would be allowed for this piece. This is where I had the idea for this song; why not just make the song sound like it wants to end?
It was at this point that there was no turning back. After breaking into laughter while recording and saying that this assignment was stupid, I proceeded to make a beat drop out of me saying the word "stupid," and once the song itself was done, I made a music video of me looking at beans. Why? Because I have nothing to do. Beans might as well be of interest to me nowadays, and I might as well fight myself in Soundtrap and break the fourth wall. Sure, things have happened on a much larger scale in life, but that would be very difficult to summarize in a three-minute song.
Enjoy the beans!
The first assignment given during lockdown wasn't a music piece- rather it was an assignment to make something called a "word art" expressing how we feel at the present time. I decided to have my word art showcase as much as possible about what COVID-19 has been like. I brainstormed 22 things (23 if you include the word "Coronavirus" in the equation as well) that show how we've all been affected by COVID-19.