Yesterday’s band practice was cancelled. Thomas couldn’t make it, and Erich couldn’t make the Tuesday. Probably just as well, as I was down with a bug which gave me all the pleasures of a dry sore throat on Tuesday night. Continue reading “Band Practice”
Band practice on Friday went well. Kirk was there before me, finishing fitting a new snare to his kit. He’d also fixed the double-kick pedal – a spring had come off. He mentioned he’d checked the internet and discovered the pedals had a few faults, so he’ll be looking to buy a new set. Continue reading “Band practice”
When I was writing about the style of one of my songs, I finished by arguing about the valid use of IT to start the song. My ultimate argument was effectively, if a famous song has already used the lyrical construct, then it can’t be a bad thing. I finished up the blog entry by stating that AC/DC’s “Touch Too Much” uses such a device, but actually planned to state “Highway To Hell”. Continue reading “Misheard-Lyrics: Highway To Hell”
In the days before the internet, bands occassionally sold their albums with the record sleeve printed with the song lyrics. If you bought a vinyl, that is. If you purchased cassettes then you drew the short straw. But, more often than not, the lyrics weren’t printed, even on twelve inch albums. Continue reading “Misheard-Lyrics”
I compose all of my songs in WORDPRESS and store them as pages. Lyrical ideas (tunes, phrases, etc.) I record on my mobile, which is always near at hand, for later transfer to the blog. Should my mobile not be handy, then I write the words on paper (this doesn’t work if it’s a melody going through my head, of course). Continue reading “Songwriting-TIP: Tools of the trade”
By specifics I mean applying, as far as is possible, descriptive words and phrases. A problem for the songwriter is that the ideas being written about are known to them but must be expressed to the listeners.
Here are two examples from “On My Own”. The first example replaces an indefinite description of a long time with a definite description of an age, and the second example tightens up the lyrics to transmit more and relevant information to the listener.
I bought “Songwriting for Dummies” a couple of years ago, when it fell into my hands whilst I was perusing a bookstore on a visit to England. Although at that time Thomas and I had perhaps fifteen songs put to music, I reckoned that the book, in hindsight, could perhaps offer me some extra advice and tips. Continue reading “Songwriting: A Dummy’s Guide”