Saturday, April 19, 2008

Man I SUCK at Lyrics


I've lately been getting the urge to write songs again.

I go through these cycles when I'm in between projects.
  • Do I do some major maintenance on my systems?
  • Do I do some more acoustic treatment in the studio?
  • Do I learn how to use that new app I bought?
  • Do I play a video game?
A lot of the time, I still want to write music. I guess that's a good thing since that's ... what I like to tell people I do. :)

I've got a lot of ideas floating around - a lot of aspirations to tackle different things (write that symphony), try my hand at X genre of music...

The past week, I've been toying around with what's turning out to be a couple of songs that I'm simmering on the front burner.

AND, I'm trying to get them to be precisely 2:42 - found a link to this blog on IHR leading to a guy arguing that 2 minutes and 42 seconds is the perfect length for a pop song... {ahem}
So far, it's going great, at least that's what I keep saying. What I'm really doing is trying to put off the inevitable - writing lyrics.

I absolutely think that I suck at writing words to music. Mainly, I find it tedious and simply not enjoyable. That just is a death spiral for anything positive.

First off, I hardly listen to lyrics in songs - couldn't really give a hoot what the lyricist was writing about. Maybe on the 10th, 20th or xth listen, I'll try to catch a few phrases of what's being "said" and that'll be about it.

I get going with the arrangement, the harmonies, the instrumentation, the production, the melody ... all that stuff. I find that I like to pay attention to everything BUT the lyrics. And that's where I think part of my problem lies. I have no inspiration or drive to write words to music...

I started a couple of pages for one of the songs I'm crafting - it's got sort of a Coldplay vibe to it. I've been listening to the last three albums from the band and I'm REALLY trying to pay attention to what Chris Martin is singing about and see if I can some how absorb some sort of pattern and method to his lyrics, but, on the page, they seem just ... well, lame.

We'll see if the writing muse strikes next week...

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