Sunday, February 27, 2011

Late Night Lyrics

Aug 12, 2009

Current mood:frustrated

When I was in West Virginia I wrote 2 and a half songs.  One I had been thinking of for a while.  The second one was complete crap.  The other one is still not finished.  Hence the half a song.

The first one I am happy with.  It's a bit country, but it's catchy and hilarious.  Even my Girlfriend Roxy (not her real name) loves it.  It's so catchy she can't get it out of her head, and she's only heard it once. 

The second one was a piece of crap.  I have not yet had the pleasure of burning it to make sure it doesn't infect the general population.  Why was it so bad?  Well, in it I used every tense known to man.  1st person, 2nd person, 3rd person.  I think I even made up a few.  Then there was the plot/ story of the song.  Basically without realizing it until I finished, I ripped off the plot to "City of Angels."  (Note:  If you haven't seen that movie, DON'T!)  Again, I am not proud of it.  In fact, I am truely ashamed.  Ashamed.

So here I sit with my head pounding.  I never get headaches.  Maybe I shouldn't have had that White Russian.  I love them, but I shouldn't drink alcohol.  I have been thinking about how to proceed with this third song.  It could be great, it could be another piece of crap.  In all honesty, if only 40% of everything I write turns out good I am happy with that.  It's just the way it works out.  In the last year I have written four songs that I am more than happy with.  So when I had one that wasn't up to par, I didn't let it bother me.  However, I really want this one (#3 in West Virginia) to work out well.

So far it has a good start, an ok chorus, and it is Top 40's rock.  Not too hard, not too soft.  However, the more I think about this song, it sounds exactly like a song that Lifehouse would do.  For those who don't remember they did the song, "Hanging by a Moment."  That worries me.  It is not a good thing.  To me, Lifehouse sounds like overly simplified garbage.  Anytime you know the words before you actually hear the song, you know it's gonna suck.  That is what I'm trying to avoid.

So my goal is for it to sound more like the Gin Blossoms than Lifehouse.  I like for my songs to have a story when I write them.  That's why I think I can write country songs so well, even though I don't exactly like country music.  However, I don't know where to take this song.  I've got an ok start, a chorus that is ok but could use some work, but no middle and end. 

I just don't want something promising to go straight to crap.  I want to be sincere without using tired cliches.  I haven't written a rock n' roll song in a long time, and I'd like to get this one right. 

Maybe I need another White Russian.


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