This song is in Eb. I prepared by writing the bridge of #5 in this key. It begins with an unusual set of intervals, rising to the tonic from the third, fourth, and sixth notes of the scale. I am very simplistic, in that, since I notice a lot of my songs emphasize falling patterns, I am using more "rise" in this one.
The bridge only has three chords, but I stole a melodic motif from Stravinsky's Firebird to make it more melodic.
Being unafraid of beauty is very important. When I write something beautiful, I keep it. I don't have much choice, since I have only myself as ear. I am in thrall to easy chromaticism and cheap tritones, but this new piece doesn't overuse the tritone substitution, at least. I stick to straightforward dominant 7 chords.
I wish my playing and improvising were keeping pace. I was told I had a Chet Baker voice, so there's that. I'm sure playing for an hour or so a day can't hurt my finger speed.
This latest piece will be in the Lorca series. Trying to hit that sweet spot between catchy and intellectual-sounding. If this one works out I will try another key, moving through the circle of 4ths.