Playlist Boost presents: I have a problem!


Well I have a lot of issues but this one has been bothering me for 30 years which is the amount of time I've been a songwriter. The truth is, I would like to be a lot more productive. I want to write songs at a pace that makes me feel like, "Fuck, I'm using the gifts I've been given and I'm living my life to the fullest." Instead, I feel like "I'm a failure", "I'm not doing enough", and "my gifts are being wasted".
Let's put aside any debate about "the second voice", the one that harshly condemns.
I know for a fact: that voice is persistent, unyielding, and hasn't diminished in over three decades.
My "I" is a plural of many "I's" and we would probably like, if we could, to discover a method to be more prolific, to eliminate the rust that prevents us from producing more art with less work and irritation.” After 27 years, I began to dissect, examine and reconstruct my entire approach to songwriting, all in the name of getting more done in less time without compromising on quality.

The answer to this puzzle, was realizing that it took me 3 weeks to compose a song for a YouTube video, where the main purpose of the song was to introduce a new plugin, it took me about 3 weeks to write, record and mix everything from the beginning at the end. All these pieces of music have remained in my heart to this day. In contrast, it takes almost a year to finish a song for Sneaky Little Devil, (SLD) and it takes three or four complete rewrites (groove, chords, melody and lyrics).

After four years of composing an 8-song record, I need to know the distinctions between the mechanisms that result in such disparities in results. Here are some of the main features that stand out to me: Demo tracks are 2 minutes long, but SLD songs are 4-6 minutes long. The demo tracks are all instrumental, but SLD is heavily vocalized, and I mean heavily: stacks of three- and four-part harmonies are typical.

SLD's songs include three contributors and rely heavily on instruments I'm just Enough on -. The demo songs are entirely made by me on instruments I'm fluent in (drums and synths), but the SLD songs involve three collaborators and rely heavily on instruments I'm mediocre at (guitar and bass). Two experiments I want to do in the next few months are listed below. To avoid coming out of collaborative sessions with a song that feels complete but doesn't fully resonate because the groove or space or atmosphere is too weird, too much like someone else's music, I compose the entire song before bringing it to the collaborators. .
We can with old synths rework them to work better with the new element if we need to make room for guitars, but most of the time, what I write is what the music will be. Before writing a single line or recording a single vocal, make sure all of the above are in place. SLD's lyrics, vocals and melodies traditionally come first, and the songs have been composed around them. We will compose and shape the vocals to fit the gaps and curves of an existing song in experiments, rather than trying to build and weave a composition around an incredibly particular and established element (vocals) that cannot be selectively muted or readily manipulated. by its very nature.

I have a feeling that two tweaks to the process will have a significant impact on both the enjoyment of writing songs and the speed at which we can wrap them up with a smile. The broader life lesson I'm taking from all of this is that understanding my limits and quirks isn't enough, I need to accept them and actively leverage them for the better. In this scenario, I love and welcome cooperation, but my hearing and demands are too precise to allow other artists to have much control and influence.
Before bringing in other musicians and authors, make sure the music has the correct tempo and a consistent, recognizable character. My singing voice is the thing I'm least confident and least comfortable with, and when it's not backed up by great music, it can sound like nails on a blackboard. The vocals are the part I'm likely to get tired or bored of first, leading to re-records and re-records before the song ends.
Solution: Compose and record the vocals at the end, to go from vocal production to final production in a matter of days, so I have a finished and polished song to perfectly complement those vocals. All of this is what I call 'managing my inclinations' and keeping pushing forward... if I do all these things, I tend to end up in some wonderful and fulfilling places. They are almost never what I imagine and almost never what I wish for... but the fun increases a lot in the whole process.

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