So Greg and I got together this morning for a little bit of songwriting. It was pretty productive - we wrote three songs we're really happy with (not complete songs - most with only scratch lyrics, but melody and general gist in place).
New for us was writing with a vintage Wurlitzer electric piano: we found all sorts of new directions being inspired off this beautiful instrument.
Our normal process is that we jam until we come up with something we like, all the time recording on our laptop or phone to make sure we don't miss anything. Then we try to fit other ideas around it until the shape of a song comes into being. We listened to some CDs for inspiration (Meshell Ndegeocello, Neil Finn's Pajama Club), drank some coffee, and chatted about where we wanted these songs to go. Not sure if anything from today will end up on an album - there's still a lot of work to do: refining melodies, fine tuning lyrics, trying to make the song as a whole sit together. But it was good to get the creative juices flowing. We find it's good not to be too editorial at this stage - we can come back later and work out which bits are stronger than others.