In addition to looking up song structure, I’ve also been listening to inspirational songs for inspiration for a song I’m writing about inspiration. Yeah, I know.
Lovely. There’s just no other word for it. Here’s the original, which actually is much closer to the kind of stuff I write:
I guess I’m old fashioned. In my songwriting, at least. What the songs are about… are quite different… LOL.
This is more of The Beatles I love. And speaking of quartets I love…
Fun Fact #2: When I list inspirations, Boyz II Men and Tori Amos share the list with Peter Gabriel. Eclectic.
(Shut up, this is a good song. You have to admit the first time you heard it you liked it. It was the 700th time you heard it that you wanted to kill yourself. Also, R Kelly’s wild frantic inspirational fist shaking and 90’s hot wardrobe is enough reason to watch this again.)
I have this fear when I write music that my songs all sound the same, or that the threads that hold them together are too close. I mean, I basically write songs that all can be either classified as “longing” or “melancholy”. The mood never changes in this head of mine. So, as someone who didn’t go to school college for music, I’m doing my own research on alternative song structure.
I always say (to myself) that you really don’t need to go to school to become something in the artistic world (save for things like architecture, where it’s helpful to know how to keep a building from toppling over). I mean, it helps if you went to Julliard— or RISD (Where I went), but sometimes, $120,000 (you heard me, and that was in 2001) is better spent on… not spending that money at all.
Also, I feel like learning song structure is good and all, but writing from the human side is just as important as the theory side. Without one, you’re a poet, and without the other, you’re a mathmetician.
Fun Fact #1: If you google foxy lady, everything but this song does comes up.
(Injecting Soul music into Pop)
This was like, MY FAVORITE SONG growing up. I only recently dissected the lyrics to discover it is all about obscene sexual acts. It’s called “Sledgehammer”, and yet when I would sing it around the house, my extremely conservative parents said nothing. I see you, Peter.
(12 bar blues form)
Where did she go? Release another album already, miss.
Example of a Through-Composed song. Also, an example of a song that is awesome. This song is kind of their Bohemian Rhapsody, isn’t it? Like… an epic novel of a song? Does that make sense?
(Because of industrial noises as percussion, and I need more upbeat inspiration)
I don’t remember this scene in the beginning. I’m kind of loving it. Oh, the 80’s.
(Strangeness, frankly. And long songs)
I’m thinking of doing a cover of this. It kind of speaks to the whole gay marriage thing if I sing it. And I like that. Also, the strangest song (also by her, of course) that I’ve ever found beautiful:
Love it. Also, I love this:
And I don’t care what you think about that. LOL. This is a good example of sampling and using Old Hollywood style strings (something I use a lot) and if anyone knows how to perform a sad song, it’s this chick. And she’s releasing an album tomorrow. And yes, I’m excited.
More melancholy. Cancao Do Mar is actually a revival of Fado music, which I looked up, and “In popular belief, fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor, and infused with a characteristic sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia (loosely captured by the word “saudade”, or longing).”
What did I say the two words that characterize my music are?
Friends who know me know I have… a tendency to exaggerate. But! Let me just say (without exaggeration) that Melancholia is literally one of the most stunning movies I have ever seen in my entire life.
The first 5 minutes in particular. Sort of slow moving paintings, which is a theme (the theme being slow movement, as well as paintings… Bosch-like but don’t quote me on that…) But the cinematography, the clothing, everything. Superb.
From the Danish Film Institute:
The idea for the film emerged while he was in treatment for the depression that has haunted him in recent years. A therapist told him a theory that depressives and melancholics act more calmly in violent situations, while “ordinary, happy” people are more apt to panic. Melancholics are ready for it. They already know everything is going to hell.
I saw it on a plane ride, and by the end of the movie the woman next to me was nearly in my lap watching even though she couldn’t hear anything.
And hey, if depression and extinction events that look like Vogue spreads arent enough for you, Alexander Skaarsgard is in it.
I kind of want to do a painting of this. Now, calm down, calm down, Azura Beebeejaun is alive and well. But, like the unconscious, face-down man captured on Google Maps in Australia a couple of years ago (who was later to be found just drunk), the Google Maps truck took a decidedly media-minded approach to taking pictures for google street view and didn’t call a soul. And it’s still up! In England, at least. You can’t mistake that this is rather unsettling, even though both of those people are fine.