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  1. 3 points
    Books? For listening? Right. haha So yeah, music books... unless you have an incredible sight-"singing" inner ear, you'll have to either play examples in music books out or hope they come with a CD. That out of the way, I wanted to ask what books you guys may have gotten a lot out of over the years for music? We could make a thread for videos, too, or add it here maybe. I'm more of a book guy. Videos tend to go too slowly for me, but some are interesting. Here are my favorite music books on my shelves: Mel Bay's Complete Book of Harmony, Theory, and Voicing <-- This book gets really deep. Over the years, I've barely scratched the surface. Arranging Music for the Real World <-- I LOVE this book. It teaches incredibly useful information, and it's easy to follow. Second places would go to: Polyrhythms: The Musician's Guide <-- Still haven't used everything here, but cool to come back to time to time. Hearing and Writing Music <--- I got a few very useful things from this one, but you have to wade through some fluff. The Art of Writing Music <-- A old TV composer basically takes you through the process as he writes a piece. And also music scores. I have a small collection of music scores. Sometimes I follow them while listening to music. Sometime I open them up just to find out how a composer got a certain sound (lookin' at you, Stravinsky). There are four I have as actual bound books as opposed to PDFs: The Rite of Spring Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 and 7 Nutcracker Suite Mozart Requiem K626 EDIT: I want to put a little more emphasis on scores. You can find just about anything online. If you hear something you like, and you want to know how it was done, look it up. Scores can be a treasure trove, a mine of fantastic approaches and ideas that will help you grow in new directions you may not have before. From Little Shop of Horrors, to Daphnis & Chloé, it's out there. And then there are other books lying around which I think are good, but I don't have any particular love for them: The Drummer's Bible The Mixing Engineer's Handbook Sound Reinforcement Handbook Treatise on Instrumentation This Business of MUSIC <-- yeah, okay, I never opened this one, hahahaha Truth be told, I never finished a lot of these books, but even in those I didn't finish, I learned some great stuff. If I had really worked the books, and worked harder on writing better, heck, that could have been really interesting. Anyway, those are my books/recommendations. You? PS~ Oh, and MANUALS for your gear/software. That cannot be stressed enough.
  2. 2 points
    The original version of “Middle Class Blues” was written / copyrighted back in 1998. (*Song title is a SoundCloud mp3 link. You're welcome to open it in a 2nd browser window & listen as you read.) As is sometimes the case, I liked the song, but not the arrangement. In 2001 I remedied that situation with a partial rewrite. The revised version incorporated several new elements: a 40 second introduction a 2nd guitar part (rhythm) This new arrangement was re-recorded & that’s the version you’re hearing now. The Idea The song evolved from a guitar progression, set in minor pentatonic block form. I stumbled upon the pattern while practicing scales Built a song & melody around it Chose a topic that worked well with the music Created a lyric Subject Matter In a nutshell, it’s about the plight of middle-class America. As you might expect, it’s written from my perspective & based primarily on personal observations & experiences. Completely appropriate since songwriting is a means of creative self-expression. Lyric Got those middle class blues Well when I look at my economic state With what I make I ought to be livin’ great You gotta know my heart gets to feelin’ down When tax time comes around I pay for schools that I don’t even use I fund a war on drugs that we’re bound to lose You got know that I keep-a-waitin’ for Some way to even the score Got those middle class blues! Well now I know that I need to pay my share But while suppliers get rich from Medicare I’ve got to ask myself what it’s all about I just can’t figure it out ! The wealthy don’t pay much, cause they know the game The underprivileged can’t, the end result’s the same That leaves the middle class to pay & pay Hope we get our someday! Got the middle class blues! Copyright 1998 – Tom Hoffman Over the years, the timeless nature of this lyric has been mentioned more than once. Sadly enough, it’s as relevant now as it was in 98. Purchasing power of the middle class hasn’t improved. Middle class tax burden hasn’t decreased. I still pay into a tax base for schools that I’ve never used. NO, I’m not advocating a school voucher alternative! I simply have no children. No children = no use of schools. Our “war on drugs” has been an utter failure, yet we continue funding it with tax dollars year after year. Pharmaceutical profits continue to grow, since our government is no longer allowed to negotiate the cost of Medicare drugs. Thank you G.B.! More tax loopholes exist for the wealthy today. The poor are no more able to contribute to our tax base than they were in 98. Leaving the middle class to shoulder the lions’ share of the tax burden. The end result being – “We’ve got the Middle-Class Blues!” None of those areas has shown improvement in the past 20 years. I’m sure there are conclusions to be drawn from that, but I leave those to you. I am but a humble songwriter stating the obvious. Song Structure Introduction / Verse – Verse - Refrain / Guitar Based Verse-Refrain Section / Verse – Verse - Refrain / Ends on Repeat of Musical Refrain Musical Fundamentals “Middle Class Blues” is a guitar-based arrangement…key of A# minor. If I do say so myself, some of my more creative guitar work. When I made the decision to add that 40 second musical introduction, I doomed the song to commercial failure. If you weren’t aware, long introductions are frowned upon in the world of commercial songwriting. Since the average listener tends to focus on vocal, delaying its’ entry is tempting fate. Attention spans being what they are, your listener may go elsewhere. BUT…since I’m not a professional songwriter, my focus was on creating a well written song, not a commercially viable one! When you make your living elsewhere, you can afford to base decisions on personal preference, rather than industry norms. That being said, I did build in a little something to help with damage control...“Got those Middle Class Blues”! That single line of vocal at the beginning of the song: 1. Tells the listener that there WILL BE vocals in the song. Why does that matter? Because some people, including my wife, won't listen to instrumentals. If she thinks it’s an instrumental, she will simply turn it off. 2. Re-enforces the lyrical hook…that catchy phrase you want to stick in your listeners’ head after the song has ended. BTW in this song, it’s also the last line heard. Final Production Notes This was one of the first songs I recorded after upgrading to the digital realm. My Tascam PortaStudio 788 had a total of 8 recordable tracks…6 mono & one stereo pair (tracks 7 & 8). 4 tracks were used for guitar, all done with my SG 1 track for bass guitar 1 for vocal Drums were recorded in stereo (7/8) Performance Credits Guitars, Bass, Drums & Vocal – Tom Hoffman Tom Hoffman "About Me" Muse Member pg. Tune-Smith.com Tom Hoffman YouTube
  3. 2 points
    Absolutely. A lot of my "songs" are written specifically to learn or explore something, whether it be a technique or a certain piece of software. Actually, right now I'm considering taking a couple old major-minor pentatonic riffs I've had on the shelf, and building a song out of them using only percussion, bass, and horns. Specifically to learn horns. So saying, heck, sometimes restrictions are necessary to spur creativity. Absolutely.
  4. 2 points
    Here's one of the two I did when I was in the grip of writer's block. I can't even remember the name of the other one, or the source song. Maybe neither were memorable. If I find it, I'll post it as well. I came up with a different melody, and sent it to my collaborator along with the lyrics. He enhanced/improved the melody (I can't reach high notes ), but it's essentially what I gave him. I love what he did with it all. If I Were A Sailor https://soundcloud.com/donmar-2/if-i-were-a-sailor-1/s-ZKyGB Now...fingers crossed the source isn't recognisable. If it is... Oh well... The next one won't be. Here, the structure/format is different, line lengths are different, the content is different, the melody is different. Other than articles like 'the' and 'a' and pronouns 'I' and 'you' and conjunctions, etc., I think even all the words are different.
  5. 2 points
    I can certainly vouch for this. During the annual FAWM and 50-90 songwriting challenges, some of the best lyrics and music are written during the 60-minute skirmishes where a title/prompt is given. Or when writing to any of the multiple mini-challenges that have exacting prompts and that need to be completed in a very short period. (Of course, a lot of revising takes place when the annual challenges are over, but the basic drafts are the bedrock of the subsequent song.) Restrictions can be excellent spurs to creativity.
  6. 2 points
    Rather than having a 'Ready for music/song' section, how about a 'Ready for Collab' section? Then, it wouldn't just be about lyric writers looking for musicians. Musicians could post music and ask other musicians to add other instruments or ask lyric writers to put forward lyrics. From a lyric writers perspective, I suspect that a number of lyric writers use this site as a way of getting initial feedback on lyrics and then go to other websites that offer a more obvious outlet for matching up lyric writers and musicians. Or link up with a musician in the real world.
  7. 2 points
    For years I have told people that all I really wanted as a musician—as a songwriter—is to be walking down the street somewhere, in a city where I’ve never been, where I know nobody, and to hear somebody I’ve never met (in person, on a message board, on Facebook, or otherwise) singing one of my songs.Well...I received a note on Facebook the other day from somebody that I had never met. With whom I have no mutual friends—virtual or otherwise. And who is from a different part of the world (or at least of the country).In this note they related to me that they saw a CD copy of Chicken on a Bicycle at a local record fair. The cover art attracted their attention, so they picked it up.They told me that they put it on and fell in love with it. And that it became "the soundtrack to their college and early adult years." That they listened to it constantly. And that they were "a huge fan" of mine.A total stranger.I connected.My music—a piece of me, became a part of their life—a piece of them.And they sought me out specifically to tell me so.It's all I ever wanted since I started making music.And yeah, I would like to make that connection with more people. And maybe I have. But at least I know for sure that I did with at least one. Total. Stranger.
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    Many years back I had entered a few of my normal style lyrics in the lyric contest with varying results. Mostly bottom half finishes I believe. Anyway I decided to write a song I thought might do well in the lyric contest. It was a story based song called Friday Night. I can’t really remember what it was about. I don’t have a copy of it anywhere. I never did anything else with that lyric as it wasn’t really my style. I’m pretty sure I got 2nd place with that lyric. I’ve entered many contest here at the Muse. Mostly finishing as a bottom dweller. That was by far my best contest finish. I could probably start a blog posting about my formula on how to continuously finish at the bottom of both the lyric and song contest. 😀
  10. 2 points
    Maybe I am following Paul's formula! I messed around with the "Hello pen" thing while mrs-bloody-lyric-machine was churning out yet another one and thought I'd share it as it seems roughly on-topic Hello pen, It's just you and me again And that's just fine We don't have long Maybe we should write a song If you have time? It doesn’t really matter what we sing a song about It’s somehow therapeutic when we let our feelings out Hello guitar Pen and I can go so far But need you now We need to know If this lyric’s going to flow And you know how It doesn’t really matter if at first it turns out wrong We three can work together while I try to sing along And when I’m feeling down You turn me back around And if I’m feeling tired You reignite the fire Hello guys Let’s not over-analyse Just let it flow And once it’s right Let’s leave it overnight You never know Because - It doesn’t really matter if at first it turns our wrong We three can work together while I try to sing along Hello pen, It's just you and me again And that's just fine Yeah, that’s just fine
  11. 2 points
    I found this printed cushion cover on ebay and even though I.m no mermaid chaser, I thought it was beautiful and couldn't resist buying it. I didn't realise at the time, it was going to turn into a (much beloved) project . I have never taken up a needle before and I really hadn't planned to . One belly button pearl I decided to add, soon turned into a tidal wave of invisible knots, hours of searching for numerous lost needles (oh no ! I'm sure I put it down here somewhere) spilled sequins packets and pricked, bleeding fingers. On the other hand (the non-pricked hand) I found it to be quite a good mindturneroffer. Especially in hard to get through times, when I really need to turn off my internal dialogue to get some peace. I have added the name Sue, the wonderful lady to whom this will be gifted when it is 100% finished (about 94% atm, just sprinkling some shinies in her hair and in the water). It will be a surprise and I have no idea if she even likes mermaids, so I.m a bit nervous now, but I really hope it appeals to her. 😊 I just wanted to share it before it goes on its journey 😆 💛
  12. 1 point
    Hi Jim, Maybe there's a distinction here between songwriters and musicians but I've certainly encountered lots of musicians who either don't write lyrics at all or at least prefer to work with the lyrics of others. And we see this in the professional ranks as well - there are countless singers/musicians who have had hugely successful careers singing songs whose lyrics were written by others. I've already established connections with musicians beyond the Muse website but the point I was making was that I think anything that facilitates more collaboration on this site is to be encouraged. And that goes for musicians collaborating with musicians too. After all, artists like Prince who can sing, write lyrics, play guitar, keyboard, drums, etc, are I imagine very few and far between. I think everyone who has taken part in the current collab contest has found it really rewarding and the quality of the output is a glowing testimony for the talents of both the lyric writers and the musicians on this site. Thanks for the kind comment on the song contest entry.
  13. 1 point
    It's not unusual at all for me to use the cadence/rhythm of an existing song/lyric when I'm first writing a new one - its a starting point. By the time I pull the lyric from my 'working pile' to set to music, I've completely forgotten what song it was/what the rhythm was. Is this any different than writing a fresh lyric to an existing song? Barely, IMO.
  14. 1 point
    I think the time has come To imagine a life without you Could be I won’t like what I might see Could be I'd see something brand new Not great but it fits. Scaffolding would make it unrecognizable from the original. I'll work on that next.
  15. 1 point
    Because guardrails and restrictions often help facilitate creativity in surprising and unexpected ways. As it's been said, "necessity is the mother of invention". I'm not, Paul. I've been saying all along that the issues you have with it as a creative strategy are not well grounded.
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    Paul, Alistair and I have been arguing over "I wouldn't want to touch it musically" for an hour now. (Damn you!) When you say you wouldn't want to touch a lyric that was written to the same melody and structural platform as another song, is it a matter or principle or motivation? Even if you didn't know the lyric's origins and especially if you did? My other question is, aside from the skillful (or unskillful) use of words/phrasing/hook/metering, is there much that distinguishes one lyric from another, from a musician's standpoint? If I wrote a sad lyric to the tune of Pharell William's "Happy", would you be unable to create a new melody and music to it? What about it wouldn't be new enough for you?
  18. 1 point
    Then they will certainly fail in their lyrical endeavors. Only musical and lyrical geniuses don't have to stand on the shoulders of the masters. I know I do!
  19. 1 point
    Tom, quite a few years ago we challenged ourselves to write a lyric to precisely what you are offering. No melody, just the bare bones rhythm with some instrumental accompaniment. It was indeed a challenge but one worth undertaking. The problem came when it was time to judge the lyric. As no one could discern the melody, no one knew if the lyricist had managed to match it.
  20. 1 point
    Hmmm... For me, part of the challenge to write music is to create a new composition. I think if a lyric were written to an existing song structure, I wouldn't want to touch it musically. Maybe if I didn't know what the orig song was... but even then I'd like to think that everything was new. Isn't writing lyrics to an existing song like colour-by-numbers? Sure you get a finished piece, but it's really just a copy
  21. 1 point
    Thanks, with the help of the forum suggestions!
  22. 1 point
    My biggest critique is this song becomes fatiguing very quickly. The drum pattern is the same throughout. The guitar lines all sound the same throughout in pattern and intensity. Even the vocal lines all feel the same in pattern and intensity. This song is like one straight line. Even during the guitar solo it stays on the same line. The same patterns can work. It happens all the time. But if using the same patterns there still needs to be changes. Maybe tighten up the guitar playing in the verses. Tone down the lyrics a bit. Open it up in the chorus. The bridge could maybe change up to a more picking guitar style or possibly whole notes. Something to change it up. I won’t really critique the lyrics besides saying they could use some polishing in my opinion. Vocal and guitars sound wise and performance wise were good. Maybe I felt you didn’t spend quite enough time rehearsing the vocal track before recording. A few spots sounded choppy.
  23. 1 point
    Hi PT That is a great story. When you get into doing this, or trying to do this, you wonder if anyone is listening. My band is currently recording our first cd and hopefully will be released next year. As far as people, it's been remarkable that we have people joining our facebook page that none of us know first hand. And a small following we've noticed going to our gigs. People clap, its remarkable because it's original music, not covers. Peace R-N-R Jim
  24. 1 point
    I have read that a good way to home lyrical skills is to write lyrics for existing songs. I have tried this a couple of times. In fact I entered a lyric contest last year with lyrics I wrote to a Jason Isbell song and I really like them (the voters didn't! ;-) and it is funny that now I cannot move them to new music cos his tune is just glued to them! Point being, why couldn't we just use an existing song? There are no copyright issues I believe as it would be classesd as education.
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    No idea - but I'll check (I did, I can see some member stats - new topics - new posts - but no real way to distinguish blogs separately as yet). I suspect it is low but will grow. I'm not sure it's a solution to everything but I think a few lyricists might appreciate it. We'll see. Anyway, it's done.
  26. 1 point
    I think it could be helpful. A lot of people need somewhere to store their completed stuff. I'll set it up. I'd do the same for songs but I think Soundcloud/Soundclick/Bandcamp, etc. already fill that need
  27. 1 point
    Great feeling, isn't it? I put my music on a 'free' site (that really wants you to put more of your music on it - for a price, yet pays no streaming royalties) and have had quite a few messages from people who found one of the 3 songs there touching them (one was 'my boyfriend listens to ____ over and over'!) Makes the lack of monetary remuneration seem trivial!
  28. 1 point
    Hello, I recorded this song last week at a friends house. I am looking to see what people think. This is a song about my life living in Canada's North, Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. It's a hard place to live. Where do the Cold Winds Blow? Where do the cold winds blow when they've got no home Where do the cold winds blow when they've got no home I don't think I want to know I just don't think I want to know Where did my little buddy go Don't anybody know Where did our little buddy go Don't anybody know I don't think I want to know I don't think I'm strong enough to know I need to believe that their better I need to believe that they are free and I need to believe that their better better and free Where do the angels go before their halo's grow Where do the angels go before their halo's grow I don't think that I'm meant to know I don't think that we are meant to know but I need to believe that their better I need to believe that they are free and I need to believe that their better better and free Where do the colds winds blow when they've got no home.
  29. 1 point
    That's fine! I was curious. It may just be a cultural divide but I do sometimes get the impression of some "snarkiness" in your posts that I don't see from others - almost as if you feel you have some scores to settle. I'm glad to hear you don't! This is a community of people sharing an interest in songwriting, and it takes all sorts - and all levels of skill. I don't think many (any?) of us have any illusions about making our fame or fortune from that interest but I, for one, always find it a joy to share in the creative endeavours from those that join us. Sometimes, your tone has made me wonder whether you were on board with that. I'm happy to be wrong.
  30. 1 point
    Wow, now that's a re-write! Totally different song now -- from moody desperation, to a comedy piece. I like it! I got stuck the same place as Kuya: micro shit? Every real beer drinker I know loves the micro-brewery "shit"! (But hey; it's a song.) The song now reminds me of a (departed) friend's play on Johnny Cash's "I've been everywhere" called: "I've had every beer". From 4:05 . . .
  31. 1 point
    Fab I dont know fab. Some music genres need the bells and whistles to pull off the feeling they are trying to accomplish. Imagine "Stayin Alive" done acoustically? It would sound like someone was having a hernia operation. Besides, who reads sheet music here? And I don't know why you would be so concerned about how you place in a contest that really doesnt have any true judges other than a couple of your peers. I never did quite understand the allure of these contests anyways. I guess if they're fun or just a fun way of socializing within the Muse cliche', then that's fine. But to take them seriously is well...rather silly. If you want to find out the true merit of your songs, send out some demos or join NSAI or even enter some legit national songwriting contests. I would go that route if you truly want an honest black and white opinion of your songs.
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    I like the overall simplicity of this - very little gets in the way of the main point of the song. Bringing in the organ midway through is a nice touch. The "I don't think I'm strong enough to know", "I don't think I'm meant to know" lower vocal parts feel very conversational and intimate, which is good. You can probably expand on the lyrics a little bit, find a good descriptive detail or two to work in there so listeners have a little better idea of the story being told. And I think there are spots where you can bring instruments or vocal intensity up or down a little more, to create a little more tension and release that draws the listener in. Good concept here, I'd definitely keep working with it.
  33. 1 point
    My goodness, lighten up. It's a joke lyric. It surely wasn't looking to elicit any empathy. Sort of my way of saying that the world has enough navel-gazing, "boo hoo, my baby left me" drinking songs. My original fell into that category so I gave it the treatment it deserved. And, he's not an alcoholic. He just likes his beer, a little more than he liked her, though he was careful not to actually admit it. Sorry you didn't like it. I'll try harder next time.
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    Ok, sure, I here you. We all use it in it's simpler forms. And get in touch with it on a daily basis. I meant in it's much more complex form. I guess I'm messed up because of one of my teachers at school. He showed us the real meaning of polyrhythms by letting us keep the groove by clapping our hands on 1, 2, 3 and 4 for 8 bars, during that he played whatever he felt like, in whatever time signature and beat he felt like, and he always came back right on the one!?!?! We had a hard time clapping, hehe, how he simultaneously could keep track of "our" beat while he was off to some african or brazilian country and managed to hit that one is beyond me. I was amazed and a bit disgusted at the same time, because right then and there I realised I'll never be as good a drummer and be able to do what he did.
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    Oh and Moso, polyrhythms?!?! Wth?!? That is some serious stuff! Do you ever use it? I came in touch with it when I studied drums in LA somewhere around the year 2 BC, other than that I've never come across it or used it in my own music. I don't see it happening either. Just curious.
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    Definitely better. The light came on as he laid it on the line If I wasn't his, he wasn't mine I saw the flaw in my dating scheme I didn't expect to find my dream Maybe 'Hadn't expected to find my dream', for an extra layer of meaning. Or Hadn't figured on finding my dream'. Flows a bit better, plus you get a three-way alliteration.
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    The Soul Moves On ©2018 Robert George BMI Sometimes I hear footfalls in the attic or the cellar And it feels as if this old house has a midnight dweller It took many seasons to accept you’re gone Ash and dust remain but the soul moves on Sometimes in the garden when the wind’s direction changes Something casts a purple shadow on the Spring hydrangeas Is it wild geese soaring high above the lawn Memories remain and yet the soul moves on Bible on the table in a drafty room It flips open to your fav’rite book Then a sword of truth cuts through the mortal gloom And restores the hope that grieving took And the out of tune piano by the potted cactus When I’m napping on the sofa I can hear you practice And ev’ry bullfrog, butterfly and fawn Whispers life remains although the soul moves on Life remains although the soul moves on the soul moves on…
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    V3 Female Vocalist I think I like this better: Me too With careful words, he laid it on the line The light came on as he laid it on the line If I wasn’t his, he wasn’t mine If I wasn't his, he wasn't mine I saw the flaw in my freedom plan I saw the flaw in my dating scheme I didn’t count on this loving man I didn't expect to find my dream Yes, definitely much better. Very good in fact!
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    Dugong Camelford Leisure Centre Swimming Pool Weekdays 8.30am to 9.15am Over-50s session I am a whale I am a blue-fin tuna I am a dolphin I am a seal I am swimming up and down the pool at Camelford Leisure Centre I am a shark I am a salmon I am an orca I am a thing from before our ancestors crawled out onto dry land Whoops, nearly hit the lady in the floral cap Busy today I am a manta ray I am a penguin I am an otter I am a cod Argh! My left goggle is leaking Stop to adjust I am a newt I am a sea serpent I am a walrus, goo-goo g’joob I am a dugong Yes, I am a dugong like the one I saw in Sydney Sealife Aquarium I am an old man doing lengths I am a dugong again I am a land mammal gulping air I am a dugong again Yes, between breaths and under the water Once a week I am a dugong The only dugong in Camelford
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    I've had the melody to this song in my head for years now, and I finally came up with some lyrics for it. Hope you're all doing well. The Vast Nothing Words and Music by Gregg Boethin Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved From the vast nothing it came, ending the void and aptly given its name. Then the moons, planets and the stars, faithfully time ticked by for a while, and somehow here we are. From the vast nothing it arose, order and chaos, yin and yang I suppose. So creation would come to be, the infinite canvas where beautifully painted here are you and me. One spherical stone, third from the center. One fraction of space, stretching forever. One sentient being soaking up sunshine. One click of the clock we call a lifetime. From the vast nothing it appeared, heaven and earth and the reason for everything here. There’s a plan working if you’ll see, we’re neither here nor there but instead all part of eternity.
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    country... Nothing Lasts Forever ©2018 Robert George BMI Well, the liquor bottles on my table Look like the skyline of New York I can almost see the chauffeur Waiting for her at Kennedy Airport I feel lost in this empty room Without her my life is just a vacuum I thought nothin’ could break up our home Now nothing’s all I own And nothing lasts forever It goes on and on And I feel surrounded By ev’rything that’s gone Once I thought the winds of change Would be something I could weather But fate wasn’t bluffing, Love is all or nothing And nothing lasts forever If time can’t teach me to forget I’ve got nothing left to learn I’m too low for Hank or Merle It’s like my world has nowhere left to turn All we’d built has been destroyed Leaving just a thirsty void Nothing I did pleased her fancy friends Sometimes love comes to an end But nothing lasts forever It goes on and on And I feel surrounded By ev’rything that’s gone Once I thought the winds of change Would be something I could weather But fate wasn’t bluffing, Love is all or nothing And nothing lasts forever Nothing lasts forever Some say passin’ time by drinkin’ Is no better than a life of crime Maybe I’m selfish But I can’t help it Cos whiskey is the unfaithful wife of time And nothing lasts forever It goes on and on And I feel surrounded By ev’rything that’s gone Once I thought the winds of change Would be something I could weather But fate wasn’t bluffing, Love is all or nothing And nothing lasts forever Nothing lasts forever Nothing lasts forever…
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    I found "The Songs of John Lennon: The Beatle Years" to be an edifying read. It isn't a "how to" book, and it has no shame in analyzing the songs at greater depths that Lennon himself did. But it was still fascinating seeing the songs broken down in ways I hadn't considered... and each new insight was another tool added to my utility belt.
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    Maybe strange to have suggestions from a non-instrument-playing lyricist, but I bought a couple of Rikky Rooksby's books a few years ago, and found them interesting. (At the time, I had visions of myself learning guitar & keyboard. ) How To Write Songs on Keyboards (with CD) Melody: How to Write Great Tunes (with CD) 'Lyrics: Writing Better Words for Your Songs' Maybe handy for beginning instrumentalists. He's also written How to Write Songs on Guitar (presumably also with CD)
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    Yes, it's called @ScenesFromPalacio. On a serious note, it's amazing that Steve is so consistently successful in contests, because his writing is anything but formulaic. He writes creative - sometimes even odd- numbers that are still broadly appealing. Color me envious.
  45. 1 point
    Yes! Now, I've never used Reason to record - I stumbled across NI when I was on Reason version... 3? and never looked back - but I hear great things about it, and I know Reason has become better and better over the years. And the best thing about it is that if you get (or upgrade to) the full version, which is currently on sale for $300, you get TONS of tools to create with. Reason started off as hardware emulators in a sense, and they still try to build their software to look and function like hardware. It's really cool, especially flipping the rack around to muck with how the wires are plugged into the "hardware". So yeah, you get recording and mixing capabilities, and a can-keep-you-busy-for-a-lifetime set of really, really cool tools. https://shop.propellerheads.se/product/reason-10/
  46. 1 point
    I know, but 6G is what it came with! My Win10 machine has 8G, but I'm hoping to keep the recording-only going for some time, as it does all I need. I was starting to have issues with it because the 1T hard drive was over 80% full, so I deleted/moved all the video file sthat were filliing it up, and since I got it down to 45% full, no problems.
  47. 1 point
    Interesting read here. 'Story songs' can indeed rely on a formula to come together - my last album was all story songs. Like other songs I have written, they all start from a basic premise or hook - if I don't get that hook figured out early, the lyric quickly bogs down. I've had lyrics that as they develop change the hook/chorus to a bridge or even a verse, requiring some rewriting of other sections, but most often the hook/chorus gets set in stone and serves as the foundation for the rest of the lyrics. As an example, my most-recent completed song (early version was entered in the monthly 2+2 contest), started out with the simple 'peace and love' as the hook - I knew I wanted that to tie into the album theme ('Love and War'). The 'story' quickly developed in my head - how about a soldier saying that line - and the lyrics flew out. Of course getting feedback (here and in my songwriter circle) edited the lyrics a little, and feedback on the 1+1 further edited the story, musically. This will be the opening song on my next album, recorded simply - 1 vocal track, two guitars (6 + 12 strings). Final lyrical result: Jimmy was a good kid Excelled at everything he did Never missed a home on his paper route Every merit badge as an eagle scout Captain of his school football team Living the teenage American dream When his country gave him the call He said to his friends: ‘peace and love to you all’ Did two tours across the sea Fighting a faceless enemy Kept his platoon away from harm Took some shrapnel in his arm Got married, had a boy Spitting image, pride and joy Again his country gave him the call He told his family ‘peace and love to you all’ Jimmy went off to fight another war Not really sure what it all was for But he wasn’t so lucky this time Took a round of bullets near his spine Jimmy never made it back home His whereabouts unknown In his family’s minds, he still stands tall His memorial plaque engraved: ‘peace and love to you all’
  48. 1 point
    Hello pen, It's just you and me again And that's just fine We don't have long Maybe we should write a song If you have time?
  49. 1 point
    Hi Luke, Very upbeat and it made me feel good! Dan
  50. 1 point
    I'm about as dense as it comes when we talk about technical stuff, but I figured out Logic Pro... And I use it on a laptop. This computer - a Mac - is dedicated solely to recording. I am probably using just 1/1,000 of its potential....but I think most of these DAWs are much the same. What matters isn't what's in the program, it's in who is pushing the buttons. Neal