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About Blunt

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    Muse In Training
  • Birthday 10/11/1964

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  • Location
    New Zealand
  • Interests
    Surfing, Golf, Music (of course) and my wife and kids :)

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  • Lyricist, Composer or Both?
    I write Lyrics and Music
  • Musical Influences?
    U2, REM, Counting Crows, The Feelers, Nirvana.
  1. >>>How to review lyrics

    Who said anything about perfect poems? Some of us do write in this way (with the music) and some don't. Either can work. Some genres are far more lyric-driven than others. There is no single "right" way. But yeah.. a good lyric is not necessarily a "perfect poem" - but neither is it always unimportant. In folk, for example, the lyric is critical. What I'm saying is the vast majority of lyric writers on this site never take their "poems' to the intended finish...a song. They get sidetracked by trying to make them read perfect, then they think that is a song. Making them work with music is an afterthought and a perfect lyric doesn't mean its going to work as a song. I know you know this, and yes I know writing music to finished lyrics can work as I've done it. I just think most folks are missing the big picture...which is to end up with a song. +1 man I wish this forum had a thanks or rep giver (or something similar). This here folks is the post of this thread. A perfectly read lyric doesn't mean it will work in a song. And a written lyric is not a song because its the music and nmelody that tie it together andturn the words into a song. Before that happens its just words and phrases on paper - in essence a poem. Not a song.
  2. >>>How to review lyrics

    ok, I read the first page and then skipped to here. I have a feeling the convo is pretty much the same all the way thru. For one, I tried using the template but I couldn't really express how the lyric made me feel thru a paint by numbers 'fill in the blanks' template. This is lyric writing people not 1 plus 1 equals 2. Long lyrics, short lyrics, lyrics that are a p1ss take and serious ones alike all have merit if written well and shouldn't have to be critiqued via a template. Its been a while since I visited here and after critiquing a few lyrics and posting one of my own I'm just not feeling the vibe. I can't believe people turn away from threads if they believe the lyric isn't worth it. WTF is up with that? Surely if you are a senior member on here and have great songwriting chops you are the BEST person to critique a lyric even a bad one. I have just come out of a 5 years songwriting hiatus and have words and melodies oozing out of every pore and this use to be the place to get quality feedback. I hope that is still the case.
  3. If you could give just one

    I run an open mic night once a month in my little home town and when I do an original I always do an intro rap. Short but interesting of course We have a 2 song limit but no time limit. Its a very low key night and I'm the only one who ever brings along an original composition. Great thread this thats been going on for a while. I agree about the sound guy ... dont p1ss him/her off. Thankfully 99% of my gigs the sound guy is me
  4. If you could give just one

    Well things change in time and although I am still doing the cafe act every weekend I am also picking up a few more 'stand up and entertain' gigs. And there are 3 things that are paramount to a successful performance ... and I am just mirroring what has alrady been said on this thread ... but any-who 1. Have fun and move with the music. I'm a natural mover ... I have trouble sitting still and on stage I'm always moving. I'm lead vox and rhythm guitar and when I'm not singing I always take a step back from the mic and move around ... alot. The crowds gets off on this ... they see me getting into it and feed off it! 2. Get 'your' sound right. Make sure your monitor or whatever is providing your 'sound' feedback is adequate. If your having trouble hearing the vocals or backing (I play to backing tracks either solo or in a duo) your going to hurt your performance. 3. Set up well before the event (if possible) ... do a sound check and then give yourself time to think about it and improve on the setup if necessary. 4. There is no substitute for experience ... som play live at every opportunity. Things you learn from a live performance (and there is always one or more things you learn each time) cannot be learnt practising in your basement. I have friends who have been playing for way longer than me but don't get out there and play live regulalry and I am so more advanced as a live act than they are just because I do it more. Experience can not be bought only gained!
  5. If you could give just one

    Always cash and normally paid after the gig. Pubs are the worse payers IMO experience. Bottom line ... have a contract. Its puts everything in line and makes you look professional
  6. If you could give just one

    Seems to me this thread is dominated by tips on perfecting a stage performance. But I am a cafe / coffee house / restaurant type of act, so my job is to create an ambience and fill in the silence. The best tips I can offer for this sort of live performance is: 1. get your sound levels right! people eating and or talking over a coffee or a wine don't want to be blasted or have to yell at each other. I make sure the owners of wherever I am playing constantly keep me informed if I am too loud. Better to be under volumed than over in this sort of setting. I keep my monitors as close to ME as possible. 2. Song selection. I play a mixture of 40% original material and 60% covers. I try to pick a mixture of old and current cover songs that are either cruisy or laid back in nature, or I re-arrange a song to soften its delivery. 3. Appearance - dress sharp ... it creates a professional atmosphere. 4. Have a contract! For me the worse part about any live performance is getting collecting your money afterwards. I draw up a contract that states my fee and conditions of play (meals, drinks etc). That way everybody knows what is expected. If its a restaurant I ask for a meal to be provided as well as drinks during the performance. Alcohol may dry up your vocal chords but its also a great relaxant. 5. Be Professional. I often end up talking with the punters and I try to project a professional image ... after all these people could be your next client.