I've been a member here for a while but I took a little hiatus
I upgraded my laptop and I realized I a big problem I was having previously was my equipment. My laptop was not up to par (in its later days its CPU would max loading Gmail) and I find the Mac OS surprisingly more intuitive.
So, today I loaded up Garageband and did a sample of a new kind of direction I'm taking. I had previously focused on orchestral stuff and notated it all before importation.
For this song, I loaded the drum loops, and then just played over it using different VSTs. I played with a real keyboard and this made a big difference being able to visualize different roles. It's really not all that different from my rock band when it comes down to it.
Here's an older song:
And a newer song with what I think to be better writing and production values.
What do you guys think? Maybe I'm not ready yet but this song is the first that's got me thinking that maybe I could actually make something decent and contribute to a work.