Write one melody, scrap the other. Realize the new one warrants a new chord progression. Realize that chord progression doesn’t fit with the current song. Start a new song. Repeat.
That was my process for writing this song. I’m excited and relieved it’s out on the interwebs for your viewing and listening pleasure.
It’s a mathy one. Some parts are in 13/4 (3, 3, 4, 3). The outro is in 7/4. I didn’t intend to write in eye-rolling time signatures. I just dug the space between beats, and the room it afforded the melody.
Here’s the video of me playing through + the actual track (available for free download) on Soundcloud.