New stuff! New app! New way to record that budding song!
I should be excited. I should be grateful. Apple has launched a new app that helps you record your song idea, and it even adds a backing band for you. It will suggest a harmonization and a beat, too. It's called Music Memos, and I downloaded mine yesterday afternoon. I'm sure we will use it in our songwriting workshop at Carnegie Hall. We already pull out our smartphones and record musical ideas as it is. This is just the next step up. Right?
Maybe. But it's also possible that it might offer a little too much. I realize the Luddite in me may fear being replaced by the machine - OK, OK, could be. But sometimes it pays to wait, to listen harder before jumping in with a formula to fill out the texture. And boy, oh boy does Apple give you formula. Like the loops function in GarageBand, it can make everything begin to sound like itself. So I downloaded it, and I'll use it. But the jury is out about whether it can wait and listen and entertain possibility. We'll see. Jury?