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  1. Time to Sink In

    I agree. Spaces and the art of letting a song breath. I believe this is one of the toughest tasks in songwriting, especially when you're writing by yourself and don't have a band to rehearse with, then the problem will solve itself, your bandmates will simply tell you to shut the hell up. It's difficult to lean back, and naturally let the music fill out the spaces. A lot of songwriters, when it's time to let the music "speak", a time when you should really let the lyrics (and vocal melodies) sink in, hit panic mode and instead fill the musical parts with vocals. What happens then is that we feed the listener with too much vocal and lyrical information so we lose their interest. I've gotten better at it but I'm guilty of this myself in the past. That's the hardest part of arranging, you really need to step out of yourself to be able to focus on what the song wants and needs, not what you want or need. A big difference and usually makes wonders once a songwriter figure it out. Again, not saying I don't do it, just saying I'm more aware of it nowadays and that alone helps a ton. Thanks for sharing Paul. Good stuff! /Peter
  2. February 1+1 Competition

    Sweeter Side of Somber Lyrics, music and performance: Me Sweeter side of somber Born on the stroke of midnight With the wind right by my side Not really smiling Only hiding to get by It pulls me in, right from within Whispering in my ear That on the sweeter side of somber I’ll disappear On the sweeter side of somber I’ll disappear I crossed no oceans not even a single road Really did no traveling, always did what I was told Never new the truth, never had no youth And freedom’s just a word to me But on the sweeter side of somber I’ll be free On the sweeter side of somber I’ll be free Born on the stroke of midnight With the wind right by my side Not really smiling Only hiding to get by Then it pulls me in, right from within Whispering in my ear That on the sweeter side of somber I’ll disappear On the sweeter side of somber I’ll disappear
  3. "Tips for the Musically Ambitious"

    100% agree with vocals being the single most important factor. Hence that's where I put most of my money when I bought gear for my studio, mic and pre amp, because, as said by the new polar music prize winners, nothing else matters. Good stuff Tom! Thanks for sharing.
  4. Songwriting problems

    Here's a quote to live by: Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. - Attributed to several authors. There's not necessarily anything wrong with it being hard work, certainly there's nothing wrong with you or your writing Clemo. It sometimes is hard work, sometimes not. For some people it's always hard work (Read up on Leonard Cohen's take on songwriting). Most writers of song agree that the song will dictate how long it will take to write it, like Kuya say, some songs will only take 15 minutes, some 30 years. We never know. What we do know is that if we don't sit down and do the work, not much will happen. The most important factor is the above mentioned quote, keep doing the work. Inspiration or not, just do it. A lot of ideas of mine come out from the actual work itself. Not necessarily the original idea I started out with, but during the work itself, my mind might come up with something else and just take off in a totally different direction which wouldn't have happened if I hadn't sat down in the first place just trying to grind my way through an uninspired idea. Do. The. Work. Personally, I follow Kuya's advice, I try to fill my brain with as much reading as I possibly can, so when I sit down to work, and inspiration do come, I'll be ready with hopefully some good lines and phrases to start off with. Read books, poetry, articles, whatever you can get your hands on, take notes on phrases, possible titles and whatever is to your likings. Two more things, 1 - Don't be afraid to write bad stuff. We all do. I see my songs as they're standing in a long line waiting for their turn. Unfortunately I can not choose in which order to pick them, so lets say there's 3 bad ones coming up next, I can not skip them, I just know I have to write them before I can get to the good one which is 4th in line. And so forth...over and over again. No songwriter, pro or amateur, is excluded from writing bad stuff, it's just that we usually only get to hear the good ones and therefore think people only write them. Not true. 2 - The art of revising. When you write a song you don't like, it's neither the end of the world, nor the end of the song. Go back to it, revise it. What is it that you do not like? Lack of allusions? Then throw in some. Not strong enough verbs or adjectives? Then change them. Second verse sucks? Then write ten more and pick the best parts from it. Hard work you know, you've gotta love it!!!!! Hope that helps! Cheers, Peter
  5. Quincy

    It was, to say the least...a very outspoken interview. Can't accuse him for holding back. Thanks for sharing.
  6. Winner of 2017 Song of the Year (Open Format)

    Woohoo!!! Awesome Mr. Leonard!!! Huge congrats, great song and well deserved. Also happy to see Pauls song in 2nd. Congrats to you too buddy! And of course, big thank you to Alistair for hosting. /Peter
  7. Milk and Honey

    I like it! I think your voice brilliantly displays the emotion needed for a song like this. A shaky voice you say that needs correction?!! Absolutely not my friend, how else do you sing a song with such a heartfelt lyric? It's a beautiful piece and you did a great job on it! Keep it up and thanks for sharing! Peter
  8. Key Analysis

    I'm sure both Moso and Quintin are wishing for exactly that! /Sorry Lazz and the rest of you guys, I had to.
  9. I've thought about this in the past, especially when I first joined. How members help each other and come up with alternative suggestions. This is what I think make forums like this remarkable and extraordinary. People's will to help and share their knowledge. People take and give advice here and co-writing/credits is never an issue nor topic. I can assure you it's never been a problem on this site and probably never will be. Don't get me wrong, people co-write here too, they just don't mix up giving advice with co-writing. There's no need for that. Unfortunately it's not that easy in the professional world. I'm afraid the stark reality is that if hundreds and sometimes even millions of dollars are involved things doesn't run as smoothly. It usually won't. Not trying my utmost to sound bitter here, just being realistic. (Also from experience) Back in my pro days, we did exactly what you talk about Murphster, we would ask for feedback, but we asked for no suggestions, unless the person we asked for feedback or suggestive lines/chords/melody was a co-writer. There was simply no other way around it. You get careful, not because you get greedy, but because you want to avoid the trouble that comes with it. I've heard of too many stories when there's just tons of legal trouble regarding who did what on what song, just because somebody popped their head in the studio and gave suggestions. That I can assure takes all the fun out of the process. It might not sound like a fun reality but when it's money involved it really isn't that easy. I wouldn't go as far as saying it's unfair when people are only trying to help. Especially if you asked for help, but I get what you're saying. But remember, we have to adopt to the customs wherever we go, and here, it is customary to offer help in form of critique, additional lines, melody, chords and song form etc etc. And it works. Because as of now, there's no dollars involved. And I for one can only say, here's to that! My 0.2 Cheers, Peter
  10. Sodajerker on Songwriting Podcaat

    Thanks Murphster! I did listen to a couple of episodes some time ago but haven't thought about it for a while. There's just too much of everything, too many podcasts, youtube videos, tv series, movies, books...Ahhhrrgghhhh!!!!! I'll get back to it. Thanks for reminding me! /Peter
  11. Learning guitar

    Firstly, I'd like to say your wife sounds like a keeper. Secondly, some sound advice here already. It's never too late to learn. Never! At 47, I've been playing harmonica for about 2 years. I check online for specific licks or styles I want to learn and take it from there. I do the same for guitar, haven't really practiced guitar until the last 3 years though I've played for over 30. I reckon I get an hour worth of practice everyday. I've got three little ones, so I agree, there's just not enough time is there?!?! Take the plunge! It's worth it! Cheers, Peter

    Just found my way back here to this thread Gary and read your lyric, I'm not entirely sure but I believe I haven't read it before. But what a superb and timeless lyric! It's an instant classic in my book! Absolutely love it!!! Just wanted to pop in and tell you!!! Keep it up! Happy holidays! /Peter
  13. New family picture

    That's a beautiful collection Mike! Nice mixture too. I lack several of your items, such as a 12-string, Mandolin, Tele among others. Damn, here's to a lucrative 2018 with many a shopping possibilities!!! Merry X-mas! /Peter
  14. Muscle Shoals

    Pics or it didn't happen!!! Yeah, watched the doc and absolutely loved it! It would be fantastic to actually be there one day and to see it all with my own eyes, it's just...it's not exactly close to Stockholm!?!?! Ah well, one day perhaps! Cheers, Peter