Sunday, February 21, 2010

The hard easy song

I started my latest song-in-progress almost two months ago. It's been pretty easy to write. That's one of the reasons it's taking such a long time to finish.

See, the melody I'm working with is one of those melodies that just attracts lyrics somehow. Something about the phrasing makes it easy to fill in with words. I don't have to expend as much time and energy matching the pegs and the holes. Lyrical possibilities line up behind each other, all a perfect fit.

One such lyrical possibility presents itself, and I think, Wow, that sounds cool!

My trusty internal editor replies, You're right, it does sound cool. But does it mean what you want it to mean? Does it tell the story we're trying to tell? Or does it only work as a standalone line?

I sing the phrase again. It could be part of an interesting story, but not this one. Dammit. We'll have to try again.

So there's that. There's also been this strange assumption that because this song won't be very hard to do, I don't have to push very hard to do it. Which means I get lazy and forget to try.

Just a few more lines to go and I'll be finished. May this entry remind me to keep at it.


Jannie Funster said...

Does it mean what you want it to mean? Eeek, I know that all too well. And does the song come up and out from some deep burning desire or question?

And remember a little while back I left you some lyrics? Well...... they are now 1 of 3 possibly entirely different songs for that some melody. Newest complete lyric...

Will you come see me in Nova Scotia?
I will be living there down by the bay.
It's so pretty in Nova Scotia.
Will you come see me some day?

I think I might go with that one! I am really feeling that one, as I think about leaving all my friends here.

Well, will you? Come see me, that is?? :)

cinderkeys said...

"Does the song come up and out from some deep burning desire or question?" could be a whole post in itself. :) Not about this song so much as songs in general.

Wow, Nova Scotia. I'll try if I come by a lot of cash. Then I'll fly my new jet there to see the total eclipse of the sun.

Jannie Funster said...

So, you'll fly your Lear Jet up?



cinderkeys said...

"Lear"? Oops, mondegreen!

cinderkeys said...

Aaaand finished as of this afternoon. :)