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  1. Writing Lyrics: Formula or Freefall?

    Ah - the arrogance resurfaces - you should add "for me" to the above and we'll agree to disagree.
  2. Writing Lyrics: Formula or Freefall?

    You're missing the point, Justin. Agreed (read my post) - there is no problem as a "learning" strategy. There is a problem with this as a "creative" strategy - the risk of producing a song lyric that is not original.
  3. Writing Lyrics: Formula or Freefall?

    A friend of mine used to say "Good musicians borrow, great ones STEAL" But I digress I understand that excellent lyricists (like yourself) would do exactly what you describe and the new lyric would have "no resemblance whatsoever to the original" but, if that's the case, why bother to start with the guardrails of the existing song? And the not-so-good lyricists (like myself and many others) would end up with a bad copy of the original.
  4. Writing Lyrics: Formula or Freefall?

    But this is a songwriting forum, not a songcopying forum n'est pas?
  5. Writing Lyrics: Formula or Freefall?

    Not a struggle - mostly a bore and a waste of time Agree whole-heartedly. All I'm saying is that some ppl might not want to participate if they aren't creating something "entirely" new especially if they already know how to write a well-structured, finely crafted lyric!
  6. Writing Lyrics: Formula or Freefall?

    Well, let's flip things around a bit. Say you're a lyricist and I say to you - here's a backing track from Paul McCartney's "Yesterday". We're having a competition to see who can write the best lyrics for this backing track. Wouldn't you rather think that the backing track came from a brand new and creative composition? Even if you had never heard "Yesterday" before and were told that it was a famous and popular song, wouldn't you think "why can't we write lyrics to something new?" I know some lyricists use the technique to overcome writer's block but you're not really "creating" a painting by "painting over" a Picasso original. IMHO!
  7. Writing Lyrics: Formula or Freefall?

    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
  8. Come to the Table

    Really top notch Donna. Sounds very mystical I don't like the title though. Maybe the great alliteration below could serve as title:
  9. Writer's Block Rewrite: The Times They Are A-Changin'

    Now, step two in your journey should be to write the OPPOSITE lyrical view: The Times - They aren't a-Changing! Some would argue the times are moving backwards...
  10. Collaboration Contest Scoring - April 2018

    Title: Coyote Team: Duck DonnaMarilyn/PaulCanuck https://soundcloud.com/paulcanuck/coyote-collab-with-donna Coyote Lyrics: Donna Devine Music: Paul Canuck They call him Coyote He steals through the night His eyes glowing amber Like prisms of light His fingers are narrow His shoulders are strong He looks to be human Yet doesn’t belong Where Coyote goes Nobody knows Nobody knows Where Coyote goes He’ll tell you the secrets Of life and of death Can augur the future From a baby’s first breath Yet no one is certain How Coyote came He’ll give you his wisdom But never his name Where Coyote goes Nobody knows Nobody knows Where Coyote goes Women have met with his dangerous charm Fallen like angels into his arms But later the pillow has nothing to show It’s said he can burn your soul with his touch It's fire, not blood that runs wild through his veins He’ll fathom your heart but his mystery remains Where Coyote goes Nobody knows Nobody knows Where Coyote goes Nobody knows …Where Coyote goes
  11. Writing Lyrics: Formula or Freefall?

  12. A Beer Will Have to Do

    Now that is gold I like the rewrite - good focus on the hook and building up to it. Paul
  13. Example - How do you get those sound effects?

    Good advice - I've been using freesound for years. They even have orchestral instrument libraries that are pretty decent quality.
  14. Writing Lyrics: Formula or Freefall?

    Interesting blog ya got going here Donna et al Neal - I remember that streak you were on - and it really proved what a great lyricist you are, formula or no I wish you had more time to comment in the lyrics feedback thread - folks could really benefit from your perspective. (IMHCO!) At the risk of being braggadocious, let me tell my story about "Hello Piano" which was fortunate to have earned Lyric of the Year for 2017. The inspiration came from a feeling I've always had when I walk into a room with a piano. It always seemed to say to me things like: "Did you notice me over here?" "Why don't you sit down and play something?" "Come on, you've got the time" etc. etc. At first I thought maybe I just wanted to show off my (limited!) abilities, but it happened when no-one else was around to hear me play. There had to be something else going on. Over time I realized that I had some sort of a relationship with this instrument and someday I should try to write a song about it. So finally, last year, I set out trying to describe the experience, rather than tell a story: Sitting on the bench Touching the keys Thinking... And that last item - "thinking" - came as a surprise to me. I was thinking about stuff while I was playing - processing it, dealing with it. Good stuff, bad stuff, fun stuff, hard stuff. So the lyric became a conversation between me and my piano and I hoped others would relate - as I like to think everyone has these secret conversations with inanimate objects whether they realize it or not. To me it demonstrates the cathartic value of song-writing and the importance to write about what you know, what you have experienced. As to formula, yes I'm guilty as the next guy but my formula usually comes from the musical arrangement and structure of the song, hook placement etc., though I don't discount the lyrical devices Donna mentioned. Paul Hello Piano Copyright (c) 2017 Tennyson Road Music Hello Piano Mind if I sit here a spell? My head's been through a lot today And my heart has been though hell Your keys feel so familiar in my hands And it's nice to find you waiting here To comfort an old friend Oh, Piano That church today was tough The more I tried to hold my tears The more they wouldn't stop And people searching for a caring word Just echoed "Sorry for your loss" Their eyes fixed on the floor But you know what I came here for.. Let's play a song that lifts us far from here We'll waltz through fonder memories, and stride through kinder years We'll leave this sad and senseless day behind For at least a little time At least a little time... So , Piano Guess I'll close you now and go Though I'd love to spend forever here There are those I must console You've helped to drive these darkened skies away And soothed me with your harmony Just like every time we play So I'll be back here soon, to say.. Hello Piano Let's play a song that lifts us far from here We'll frolics in fond memories, and stride through kinder years We'll leave this sad and senseless world behind For at least a little time At least a little time