Tuesday, July 19, 2011

How To Write A Song - Part 3 - Writing Lyrics

In the previous part in the How To Write A Song-series we talked about turning inspiration into a song, letting your emotion guide you, being authentic and we got into song structures and what meaning each part has.

In this post we're going to dig into the lyrical parts of songwriting. Music, melodies and rhythms are great at conveying emotions but lacks a way to get thoughts and words across, so let's see what ways there are to write great lyrics.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

How To Write A Song - Part 2 - Turning Inspiration Into a Song

In the previous part in this series we talked about the creative process, how to get inspired, authenticity and establishing a goal for the song.

Now we're moving on to more hands on songwriting. Once you have your goal and have been inspired to start writing there are numerous ways forward to making that song really great. I'm going to explore some of these with you in this post.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

How To Write A Song - Part 1 - Your Goal

In the introduction to this series I talked a little bit about the overall aspects of songwriting, now I will delve into it in finer detail. First off is preparing and finding a start to the creative process.

Creative process?
Yes, because this is what it ultimately is about. Creation of a song. Creation of art. Creation of that inner something (thought or feeling) that wants to come out and manifest itself through music.

It can be hard to get inspired on demand (in that little time you had cut out to work on this new song) so always be ready with your notebook, guitar, recording device or whatever you use to plot down ideas. You don't want to miss out when inspiration strikes as you never know when it will strike again.

I remember many times where I've been in a place and time where I didn't have the tools to transfer my inspiration into a format that lasts when my memory doesn't. Don't do that same mistake. Sometimes it comes back and sometimes it doesn't. But why take a chance.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

How To Write A Song - Series

I'd like to share my perspective on how to write a song. How to pull together life experiences, melodies, mixing of styles, emotions, impress by technique etc. into a song that will move listeners. I don't have any golden recipe or a scientific method but I feel I have a few thoughts to share with you that might help as a guide in your creative process. It's such an amazing thing that we can put our feelings and thoughts into music and I don't want to squander the magnificence of it too much, but I want to break it down to provide some tools that you can use in your own songwriting.

This will be a "How to write a song" series divided into parts. Stay tuned for part one which will be about setting your goals for the song, finding out who you're writing for, why you want to write the song and create a framework around the project making it way easier to move forward and be creative.

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Below I will be posting links to each part:
Part 1 - Your Goal
Part 2 - Turning Inspiration Into a Song

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Monday, May 9, 2011

May Album Update

Steadily we tread forward on the path of completion of the album. We're focusing on getting Through Your Eyes into finished state before we put too much energy on the other tunes and we're pretty close in having a sound I really like.

While I had another full sound scape in my head when I wrote the song, this has turned out to be something more powerful than I thought I could make.

In this blog post you will get the benefit of hearing a preview of where we are at the moment as well as a few words on the process of the recording sessions.

Friday, February 25, 2011

February Album Update

The recording at the studio continues. Currently we're mainly focusing on the three songs New Year's Eve, Magic Carpet and Through Your Eyes. In the end we're looking at over an hour of music for this full length album.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

January Album Update

And so the work with the debut album took another spurt as I switched to the Beyond The Beat studio at Woodbine Ave and Kingston Road. David MacKenzie is working with me as engineer and co-producer. The aim is now set higher and includes 11 full blown studio tracks. Close to an hour of original music.