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    Writing Lyrics for the Music

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    Mike wrote some music sent me the mp3 and I tried my hand at writing some lyrics to go with it. It's an interesting exercise writing lyrics for the music. I almost always write music for the lyrics (with some lyrical edits if the music draws me in a certain direction). This is not in my range; Mike will probably do a better job at the vocals . Still a work in progress, I can see paring it down by a verse/chorus (maybe 2) and adding a bridge. Let me know what you think...

    Mike called the piece "I LIke it That Way" and here's the results....

    "I Like it That Way"

    People always tell me, not to do the things I do
    But I like to take my chances, rolled the dice a time or two
    Living on the edge you know, it makes me feel alive
    Thereís too many sheltered souls just happy to get by

    My life is right, I feel alive, no matter what they say
    They donít understand me but, you know I like it that way

    Drive a little faster than the signs say I should go
    Go all the way, no compromise, I never take it slow
    The throttleís to the max but still I never lose control
    Donít just take it on, I give it all my heart and soul

    They can try to change my mind but I wonít play their game
    They donít understand me but, you know I like it that way

    Got a love of life you know I like to drink it up
    It goes down nice and easy sometimes I canít get enough
    They keep holding back Iím sure it makes them feel alright
    Canít wait till tomorrow cause I feel so good tonight

    What works for you donít work for me, cause weíre just not the same
    They donít understand me but, you know I like it that way

    I like a taste of danger feel it running through my veins
    It just fires me up and now I do it everyday
    Never worry about it coming crashing down on me
    It ainít for the faint of heart or those too blind to see

    Taking their advice to heart, would be my first mistake
    They donít understand me but, you know I like it that way

    Climbing all these mountains, it can take the strength from me
    Never go for second best, I take it to extremes
    For simple satisfaction, thatís how hard some people try
    Itís all a distraction, while the good things pass them by

    This life might have its dangers, thatís a risk Iíll have to take
    They donít understand me but, you know I like it that way

    http://www.lightningmp3.com/live/file.php?id=15298

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    That's great, ido1957! The sound is somewhat reminiscient of Brian Setzer and the Stray Cats.

    The only thing I could imagine changing is dropping "you know" from the choruses.

    For example, instead of...

    They donít understand me but, you know I like it that way

    How about...

    They donít understand me but I like it that way

    To my ears it sounds more natural to slightly drag out the words "I" and "like" instead of squeezing in "you know".

    But it's fine the way it is and I enjoyed it.

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    Mike liked the verses. Leaning towards his own interpretation of a melody. We worked on this last night. The key was just too low. We transposed this up from Am to Cm. That really opened up the vocal range allowing Mike to get much more melodic with the singing. He's going to work on this today in the new key with my lyrics.

    I found I was restricted for vocal melody by the original key. If I write for someone else I'll try and remember to write for their vocal range.


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    First off - nice job on writing lyrics to spec........clearly a sign of a writer that has developed skill and craft!!!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by ido1957 View Post

    I found I was restricted for vocal melody by the original key. If I write for someone else I'll try and remember to write for their vocal range.

    For what it's worth - after writing for a long time and finally starting to get published.......I had to starting writing in keys for the singers I used - rather then in keys the worked for my voice (in particular if I wrote a song from a female perspective).

    It can really improve your writing skills once you are forced to think about different keys and writing for someone.

    One of the hardest things I've found is having to re-record if I picked a wrong key. There have been times I wrote a song in say G........but them recording it in maybe B (thinking that was a better key for the singer).....and them finding the key doesn't work. I've had songs that I recorded in 3 or 4 different keys. Then often, the guitar riff that was killer in G doesn't work well in B (or whatever key).

    Now I try to keep the demo mostly in MIDI (maybe except for a key guitar riff) until the singer comes down......it sure saves a lot of re-recording.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeh View Post
    First off - nice job on writing lyrics to spec........clearly a sign of a writer that has developed skill and craft!!!!!
    Thanks for the kind words mikeh, it's much appreciated!

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeh View Post
    I've had songs that I recorded in 3 or 4 different keys. Then often, the guitar riff that was killer in G doesn't work well in B (or whatever key).
    So true, guitars are finnicky that way...

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeh View Post
    Now I try to keep the demo mostly in MIDI (maybe except for a key guitar riff) until the singer comes down......it sure saves a lot of re-recording.
    Great idea - reminds me to work on my "less than prolific" keyboard skills. I mainly write on guitar but occasionally write on keyboard...

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