I started writing this song way, way, wayyyyy back in 1997, oh dear lord, I'm old. I was jammin' with this quasi-band I was in at Dartmouth, and I came up with the chorus. At the time, the verses were mumbled spoken word stuff. I wrote new verses this weekend, and I'm happy with how they came out. Next week's song is Alcoholic Barbie Doll. I like songs with the word "alcoholic" in them.
Friday, June 26, 2009
I was hesitant about posting this one, but I wanted to keep up with the weekly song-posting thingy. It's a Wizard Rock song, but it's darker and more serious than the ones I usually write. If you don't know the HP series, I dunno if this song'll make any sense. Then there's the problem of it being a spoiler, so if you haven't read Book 7 of the Harry Potter series, but are planning to, then DON'T LISTEN TO THIS SONG.
There's also the possibility that I got all the facts wrong cuz my memory of that book is hazy, so maybe this song ain't a spoiler, after all.
There's a wee bit of A Prayer for Owen Meany in this song, too. (I dunno if it's very recognizable, though). J.K. Rowling + John Irving = Jojkn Roiwlrving.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Yeah, so this is the 2nd recording of my first break-up song, and it was originally written in 1998. It was kind of fun, cuz in the original recording, I had a lot more fancy instruments (but not as good recording equipment). In this one, the instrumentation's more primitive, cuz I'm using my little Casio keyboard from 1984 and things I found around the house for percussion (a yogurt container with can lids in it, a notebook and a pen, and a drum made for little kids). It's fun to try to make something bigger than the sum of the parts you used to make it; I'm really gettin' into that these days. You know, trying to make something sound relatively sophisticated, but with sorta primitive instrumentation. I guess I'm doing that partly because I got instruments stored in different places all over the state cuz they won't all fit into the place where I live.
When I originally wrote this song, I was heavily influenced by Talking Heads; you can hear it in the lyrics, I think. Actually, I added some new lyrics/vocals to the bridge, which in the original version was only instrumental. gotta run!The picture is just regular doodles, but it's in the colors I imagine when I hear the song.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Here's my song for this week. It's a genre that, hmm. I guess I've sorta been writing in this genre for a while, kind of. Kind of, but not all the way, sort of. It's, like, a genre I've been approximating, but I think it's even moreso for this song. Sort of a, I don't know. I guess you can be the judge of the genre, but it's a genre that I've been wanting to write in for a while. Like, I'll hear songs at the beginnings of movies or in movie previews, and I think, wow, I wanna write in that pseudo-Celtic, punky variety o' female vocal rock shtuff genre.
I think the Twilight series may have influenced this number a wee bit, but the song ain't about vampires, though. It's just a nice song about dysfunctional relationships, with a teeny tiny bit of Lacanian psychoanalytic theory thrown in (but it would be hard to tell about that last part unless you've read up on it some.)