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  1. Welcome

    1. How This Place Works

      Want to know how to get the most out of the message board? Here's the place to find out!

    2. Q&A about the forums - and ideas for improvement

      Have a question about how the board works? Having difficulties with an aspect of the board? Post your questions here! Also, if you have idea about what you would like to see in future, feel free to post them!

    3. General Music Conversation

      This is a place where you can hold general conversations on music and Muse-related topics. Other topics can be discussed in Off Topic Discussions lower down the forum.

  2. Feedback Area

    1. Lyrics Feedback

      A place for members to post their lyrics if they're looking for constructive criticism.

    2. Songs (incl Instrumentals) Feedback

      Do you have music for the song you want critiqued? Purely instrumental creations also welcome! This is the forum to participate in.

    3. Music Video Feedback

      Interested in creating music videos? Here is a place to get feedback on the video itself. If you want feedback on the song, post in Songs Feedback (or both places if you want feedback on the song AND the video).

  3. Contests

    1. Lyric Contests

      Interested in joining a lyric contest to see how your lyrics measure up amongst your peers? This is the place to enter!

    2. Song Contests

      This is a forum where you can find contests involving the entire song - both lyrics and music.

    3. Other Contests

      This is the place where you'll find the contests that don't fit in the other two categories.

  4. Songcrafting and Collaborating

    1. Songcrafting Discussions

      Inside this forum, you'll learn the musical & lyrical crafts to help you develop your songs and lyrics.

    2. Music Theory and Melody

      A place to discuss questions about music theory and how to develop melodies for your songs.

    3. Songs In Development/Collabs

      Do you have a song that you'd like community help with? Got a good idea and nothing more? This is the place to post your idea, or a link to an audio idea. No critique, just ideas to make it better. A community place to throw your 2 cents in.

  5. General Creativity Area

    1. Artists' Cafe

      A place for you to post poems, short prose, lyrics, songs, and/or artwork. We're a creative bunch: if you're proud of it, we'd love to see it!

    2. Creativity Games & Challenges

      A place for discussions about the creative aspects of songwriting. Looking for inspiration? Would you like to pose a creative challenge to the rest of the creative community here? This is the place to do it.

    3. Songwriting Prompts and Exercises

      Let’s help one another kick-start the songwriting process! If you have an idea for a lyrical or musical prompt to inspire new songwriting ideas, or want to start a non-competitive group songwriting exercise, this is the place to share it. Stumped for a lyric topic? Stuck in a musical rut? Stop by here and get those creative juices flowing again.

  6. Performing, Recording and the Industry

    1. Live Performance

      Discussions on how to do your best in front of a live audience.

    2. Recording Tips & Technical Questions

      Information & recommendations about home recording & equipment you've been particularly impressed with. Also a place to post information about recording studios and tips for getting the most out of your studio experience.

    3. Music Video Production

      Want to make videos for your songs? A place ask questions and discuss all aspects of music video production (technology, software, hints, tips, etc.)

    4. Show Us Your Gear!

      Have some great recording gear or musical instruments at your disposal? Want to show them off? This is the place to tell us about them.

    5. DIY Publishing and The Music Business

      A place to discuss the business end of songwriting as a profession. Also a place to talk about PRO's and songwriting associations and any aspect of the business which you want to discuss, be it controversial or just an item of interest

  7. Self-Promotion, Advertisements and Discussions

    1. Self Promotion & Advertisements

      A place to sell yourself. What do you need to do to make it big? What have you done to improve your exposure? New CD? Website? Let us know and discuss here.

    2. Off Topic Discussions

      This is the place to discuss all those things that don't really belong in any other forum.

    3. Muse's Muse Memorabilia

      These are threads that we're reluctant to delete, but that need to be moved into their own special place.

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  • Posts

    • Annihilation (Pt. 2)   (Verse) Closed room, Nowhere to run.   (Chorus) I am plastic, I am pyro, I am thermite. I am spastic, I am nitro, I am dynamite.   (Verse) A short fuse, Then oblivion.   (Chorus) I am plastic, I am pyro, I am thermite. I am spastic, I am nitro, I am dynamite.   (Bridge) Hiding in a box... Or a briefcase... Or a vest...   (Chorus) I am plastic, I am pyro, I am thermite. I am spastic, I am nitro, I am dynamite.
    • The guitar sound is in between grunge and metal. Original I guess. Thanks for commenting. Not many folks around here like rock music it seems.
    • Hi Emily and thanks. You are right about that line - i wanted a tag line to rhyme with summer - but it doesn't fit the mood.  I might just leave it out rather than replace it. Cheers Paul
    • Hi Paul,   A very sweet lyric that tells a lovely story in a straight-forward way.   I will admit that the line   Honey, can you feel the hunger?   felt a touch heavy-handed to me and a little too explicit considering the aura of innocence that preceded it.   That would be my only critique.   (I'm not really well-versed in the Four Seasons so I you tubed them... can't quite make the leap based on what I heard but I'm sure you know how to make it work!)
    • I don't intend to sound uninformed or empty-headed but I would be hard pressed to say just what the caution signs are that you are writing about.   This reads like it is greatly over-written. You're lonely; you're a loner; you're a collection of opposites; you can't get what you desire, etc., etc. Okay, I get that. But what precisely are the caution signs?   This feels like it is suffocating under its own weight of massive imagery overload without really taking me through a cohesive story. It reads like an interior dialogue that won't let me in to commiserate or identify. Granted, there are some lovely lines and striking imagery throughout, but as a complete lyric it just doesn't seem to coalesce. I hope you will continue to work on this and refine and clarify it because I believe there is a powerful lyric in here struggling to break free.
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