The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #31433   Message #408658
Posted By: KingBrilliant
01-Mar-01 - 05:25 AM
Thread Name: HOW do you write your songs?
Subject: RE: BS: HOW do you write your songs?
Amos that was brilliant! And so true........ :>

I usually do words & tune at the same time, as each feed into & suggest the other. Sometimes a whole song will arrive in a rush for no really discernable reason, and sometimes I have to tease it out. I never work hard at it though, as I'm a very impatient person & find it hard to apply myself to doing things carefully. The phrases that just emerge on their own are usually the ones I like best.
I'm at my most productive when I'm doing something that just lets me mentally freewheel - such as driving, cycling, walking the dog, spinning wool etc. Cycling & spinning are rhythmic activities & so are especially condu cive. - then I have to remember the thing long enough to write it down when I get wherever I'm going.
It amazes me that the tunes are in proper keys & can therefore have the chords worked out OK - or maybe its not possible to write one that isn't in a key? What d'ya reckon? (I'm not good on music theory).

Usually my songs are third-party stories that I've imagined my way into. I've only written two on intentional themes & was quite pleased that I could (I'll try some more some time).
Very often a song starts with one intention & then veers off & becomes something quite different. That doesn't matter to me as I don't really start with an end in mind - I just see what comes up.
I embarrassed a pubfull of (mostly male) people the other week when I sang a song I'd just written. I told them that it had started out as a nice happy song & then went all sinister and nasty (they nodded in acknowlegement of the sinisterness & nastiness of the song). Then I said I didn't really know how it happened - probably it was PMT. There was a bit of a 'silence' as you might say, and then I realised that I had told them I'd only just written it - and had hence told them more than they probably wanted to know about my menstrual cycle!!