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Who wants to write a song?
21 August 2013
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Funny Paper
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I wrote two songs during this past spring I'm really happy about. 

This summer, I've been preoccupied with doing versions of other people's songs -- first "Farolito" by the Mexican songwriter Augustin Lara (1900-1970), then the old Cuban standard "Guantanamera", then that popular song from the 1940s "Mairzy Doats", then that old blues song "Lazybones" from the 1930s (popularized by Leon Redbone), and finally these days Donovan's "First There is a Mountain".  Whenever I'm in the process of learning the song and putting my own little touches to it, the song is running in my head throughout the day, like a loop.

Faded flowers, wait in a jar, till the evening is complete... complete... complete... complete...
21 August 2013
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I struggle writing songs…well the lyrics anyway. The music just comes to me.

---------------------> 1. The Beatles 2. Led Zeppelin 3. Dream Theater 4. Rush 5. Green Day <-----------------------

---------------> Songs: For No One Kashmir / Octavarium Cygnus X-1 Book II Homecoming <----------------

------> Albums: Abbey Road Led Zeppelin IV Octavarium Hemispheres 21st Century Breakdown <-------

 

---------> Fav. Genres: Progressive Rock/Metal, Experimental Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Alternative Rock <----------

----------------> Least Fav. Genres: Dance-pop, Hip-Hop, House, The Beatles (Just kidding!) <---------------------

21 August 2013
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Lyrics are harder I think, if you have high standards for "meaning" and "significance" and to the degree that your locutions are conventional and not avante-garde.

One of the songs I wrote this last spring was singularly challenging in that it had an extraordinarily high number of syllables per line -- so many that I still run out of breath when I try to sing it!

One part has this syllable pattern (and it's repeated another time in the song) sung fairly fast tempo with very little time to breathe in between syllables:

4

2

2

5

5

4

4

4

6

6

7

5

7

6

7.

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25 August 2013
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When I try to write songs, I can write okay music on the piano, meaning not anywhere close to good. And when I try to write lyrics, I think they're great when I'm writing them, and when I wake up the next day and say them to myself, I think, "These are the dumbest lyrics I've ever written."

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31 August 2013
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Egroeg Evoli said
And when I try to write lyrics, I think they're great when I'm writing them, and when I wake up the next day and say them to myself, I think, "These are the dumbest lyrics I've ever written."

This is how I am with basically everything I ever do. If you don't let yourself fail, though, you'll never get better. I used to be that way with writing papers; if it wasnt't perfect I would just give up and restart. What you have to do instead is think about how you could do better, and don't have too high of expectations at first. 

All living things must abide by the laws of the shape they inhabit
31 August 2013
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Sounds like a great idea! I play guitar and bass (mostly bass now), so I could toss some lines in and get some bass going.

"I'd tell her I love her, but she'd only reject me in the end and I'd be frustrated. That's why I play guitar; it's my active compensatory factor" -Ringo said something like this once, I changed it up a bit.
31 August 2013
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I can play the guitar, but I can't write to save my life! I've got chord progressions together, lyrics, a few licks and solos, but I just can't seem to fit them together and when I do, they sound absolute carp! So if there's a secret Beatle method of writing songs available somewhere on teh interwebs, I'm willing to have a go!

 http://afloydianslip.tumblr.com/

"White Album - My joint-fave Beatles album along with Revolver. They show the two sides of Beatles. Revolver's very controlled - even though it's also very innovative. The White Album's playful and almost ramshackle. It's like a scrapbook kept by a genius. Fantastic stuff."

31 August 2013
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EDSLocklear said
Sounds like a great idea! I play guitar and bass (mostly bass now), so I could toss some lines in and get some bass going.

Welcome back! I don't think I've seen you on for months. 

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31 August 2013
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unknown said

EDSLocklear said
Sounds like a great idea! I play guitar and bass (mostly bass now), so I could toss some lines in and get some bass going.

Welcome back! I don't think I've seen you on for months. 

I was going to say that… blue-meanie a-hard-days-night-george-10

Anyway, welcome back, EDSLocklear! Nice to see you again. apple01

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1 September 2013
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Thanks! I've had a pretty busy summer, but somehow I'm finding time to get back online during the school year!a-hard-days-night-ringo-10

"I'd tell her I love her, but she'd only reject me in the end and I'd be frustrated. That's why I play guitar; it's my active compensatory factor" -Ringo said something like this once, I changed it up a bit.
10 February 2014
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I've had a go.  Tell me what you think.  Does it have potential?

Verse 1

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And can join the forum too
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And which you think are total shite
Ask if Paul was right about JFK
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Chorus

It's the worlds best website about the worlds best band
It's so marvellous you'll feel you're in Pepperland
So dont be a fool like The Fool On The Hill
Visit beatlesbible it's such a thrill
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10 February 2014
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^Stunning, tulane, absolutely stunning. I've bookmarked this for many readings.

Can buy Joe love! Here's the link that explains how. http://www.beatlesbible.com/forum/getting-better/forum-changes/page-9/#p110183

 

10 February 2014
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Last year, in a period of around two-to three months (Late August to Late October) I wrote around 12 songs (but only half of them have a music pattern in mind), and I am kind of proud with some of them (my first one in particular).
Even so, I am kind of shy of singing them (even if I am studying music and I am in a chorus).
Also, ironically, much of my inspiration were Queen & Beach Boys songs, maybe The Beatles will give me an inspiration for future songs! a-hard-days-night-john-6

P.S. This is post #150! ahdn_ringo_09

In My Life, I Love You More.
10 February 2014
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Ahhh Girl said
^Stunning, tulane, absolutely stunning. I've bookmarked this for many readings.

Appreciate the compliment.  I'm glad you like it.

 

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