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Work has continued on the new show this week, and it seems to be going pretty well. My BRANE is totally in New Song mode and is coming with new ideas all the time, which has turned out to be handy this morning as I rather NEEDED them.

After putting some new jokes in last night (and LARFING about them until The Lines In My Script was FORCED to say "what are you laughing about" so i could TELL her) I thought it would be fun to go through the current draft of the script, just to see how it was looking. Once again i LARFED at my own jokes (i always think it's weird when people are criticised for doing this - if YOU don't think they're funny, why on earth would you want to inflict them on someone else?) and was having a fine old time, until I got to the SECOND of the new songs. "Hang on", I thought, "Isn't this exactly the same as the FIRST new song?" On further examination it turned out that yes, it was. Oops.

Luckily, as I say, my BRANE is in New Song mode so it didn't take long to come up with a new, DIFFERENT tune, that turned out to be a whole lot better. PHEW. I then moved on to the next new song which was in a different KEY, but otherwise the SAME as the first again. I did think coming up with the tunes had all been a bit easy! There was one bit that was slightly different because, I realised, I'd nicked it from another of my songs, Cyborg Blues. However, as that song is unreleased and likely to remain so I thought I might as well go the whole hog and nick the WHOLE tune for it, which worked rather nicely.

It was with some trepidation that I progressed to the FOURTH new song... which DID turn out to be different. HOORAH! Mind you, I had already re-written the tune for that because the original was a bit boring, so who knows, it may also have been the same? Don't get me wrong, the tune I used is quite a good one (I've still got it for the first song after all) but I don't think it could carry half the tunes on its own!

Happily the final, fifth, new song so far was also a bit different, so I was able to spend the rest of the morning adding in, and LARFING at, a couple of jokes, which is a lot more fun. I think there's just ONE more song to do before the first draft is complete, but hopefully that won't present the same problems as these have, for LO! it is a) acapella b) involves BEATBOXING!

posted 12/8/2014 by MJ Hibbett

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