I write poetry, and its something I love more than anything.
I also sing.
But for some reason I cannot get my poetry to become song lyrics.
Its like... I just really don't know how to write a song, I guess.
Whats the structure of a song? or how to get long winded poetry into a short and sweet song?
I'm sorry if this doesn't make sense.
when i was a lot younger, i used to write poetry, too. what you find difficult right now — it’s a struggle that’s familiar to me. i could never translate my poetry into song. the closest i came to doing this was through  rapping (which is why hip hop music is close to my heart) and  spoken word.
it’s easy to write a song; just difficult to write a good one, or one that you are completely happy with at the end of the day. don’t be sorry; keep asking questions! if you want to do this, then don’t be afraid to want to know how. :)
there’s a lot that i have to say about this topic but just to start you off: if you’re having trouble translating “long winded poetry into a short and sweet song,” try it the other way around.
hum and tap your fingers, play the guitar or the piano… build melody lines in your head before actually writing lyrics. a common exercise i do is to actually use nonsense words first (“watermelon bubblegum” over and over works perfectly); then when the melodies are in place, i start writing the words. not only do the lyrics fit the beat of the song better, but there’s no stress and pressure to cut out whole sections of what you wrote beforehand (something i used to really hate doing).
McCartney recalls writing “For No One” in the bathroom of a ski resort in the Swiss Alps while on holiday with his then girlfriend Jane Asher. He said, “I suspect it was about another argument.” The song’s working title was “Why Did It Die?”
…The French horn solo was by Alan Civil, a British horn player described by Geoff Emerick as the “best horn player in London”. During the session, McCartney pushed Civil to play a note that was beyond the usual range of the instrument. According to Emerick, the result was the “performance of his life.” Civil said that the song was “recorded in rather bad musical style, in that it was ‘in the cracks’ neither B-flat nor B-major. This posed a certain difficulty in tuning my instrument.”
“for no one" is not one of my favorite beatles songs (because, let’s face it, there’s just so much competition for that title), but it certainly is one of my favorite mccartney compositions. i love the fact that it’s "in the cracks," as civil mentioned. there are times when i do that unintentionally, and sometimes i just run with it instead of re-recording. it’s comforting to know that even legends do it.
for the radio wire empire solves a problem like maria EP, M’s brother is playing the french horn in one of the songs. both M and i, in the midst of discussing this, offhandedly burst out, “a french horn, like in ‘for no one’” — haha! this is what you get when you put two beatles fans together.
#042 DAMNED IF I DO YA, DAMNED IF I DON’T (ALL TIME LOW COVER). (i used a different program to record this so the quality’s not quite as good as the usual.) just a fun, teeny tiny little cover. i enjoy pop punk (probably more than i should), and i always enjoy covering pop punk songs.
oh man, this weekend. it was productive and hectic, but not very organized. i did accomplish a lot, but half the things i did weren’t in the fucking game plan! haha.
first, let’s talk about the things that i actually set out to do. i did, in fact, put in a lot of time working on the RWE solves APLM EP (dropping this june 1, in case the rapid bombardment of ads hasn’t drilled that into your brain yet); M came up with a great idea involving fillers and foreign languages, so i ended up singing in spanish. i also managed to do one cover, which (honestly) barely made a dent on that huge request backlog of mine. finally, i recorded some preliminary vocal tracks for something i’m working on with keniproduce — not too happy with what i did, but hopefully there’s time for improvement.
okay; now for the stuff that i did not plan on. i got used to having a twitter account for my music; i’ve been using it more often, and last weekend was particularly… uh. tweetful? also, a friend and i are considering starting an acoustic metal side project. yep, you read that right. acoustic metal. i don’t know if we’ll push through with it, but it’s a daunting thought just the same.
now for what took up half my weekend: almost technicolor and i made a song! the whole nine yards — the instrumental, the melody/lyrics, and the vocal tracks, all in 2 days. he’s a genius, i’ll say that. along with finishing “europa,” i finally settled on a logo for APLM. (A used it for the video; incidentally, i took that picture. yup, my city is the home of fanstastic urban sunsets.) along with that, i did a slight revamp of my bandcamp. ta-daaah.
that’s all for now; this update is getting long. ‘til next week!
#41 SNAKE EATER (CYNTHIA HARRELL COVER). this is the opening theme of metal gear solid 3; it was requested months ago. i don’t normally do songs like this (because, let’s face it, my voice is not the first that comes to mind when you think of a bond movie theme reminiscent song), but i decided to give this a shot. i rather like the result.
#039 CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS (TODD RUNDGREN COVER). so my friend C requested that i sing this after i “mortally offended” him with my rendition of cee-lo green’s “fuck you.” (it’s a long story, don’t worry about it.) i finally did it last weekend; hopefully he likes it.
by the way, i totes loved mandy moore’s version of this song. no lie. NO JUDGING.
it appears i’ve herped the derp really hard and clicked on a link that’s gotten my blog hacked. if you go directly to my tumblr URL, it will redirect you to a fake tumblr login page (it will start with “llogin” instead of “www”). DO NOT ENTER YOUR LOGIN INFORMATION.
i’m still trying to figure out how to get rid of the redirect to that fake page. in the meantime, my blog is down.
I AM A GOLDEN GOD! haha. all fixed, like a boss. we’re back in business, ladies and gents.
#038 I WILL FOLLOW YOU INTO THE DARK (DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE COVER). first of all, i just found out yesterday that you can use soundcloud as an external source for tumblr’s audio posts! even though most of my soundcloud recordings are months old, this will help so much with your daily wave upon the sand; you have no idea.
okay. on to the actual post! i was not a fan of death cab for cutie before i covered this song for the first time (that was a few months ago). DON’T JUDGE! haha. i routinely ignore perfectly amazing musicians / artists / movies / tv shows all the time — it’s a bad habit. anyway. someone requested this song, and that’s how i finally got started on the band’s music.
tl;dr: got into death cab for cutie when i played this song.
Father TimeFeaturing Nicolette and Vanessa Camacho Death Comes in Triplets Ego Trippin’Featuring DC Mr. Marwah’s Interlude Produced by Ken-I FiGsZFeaturing Liberty Justice For All Daughters (Cover)Featuring Eleagle
kept forgetting to tell you, if you could cover the original song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6G1GE9DZ9U
and then i sample it, i feel like it would come out crazy.
i never thought i’d cover peabo bryson — just didn’t seem like anyone would request it, haha. but sure, it’s for a good cause! do you want me to just do a vocal track or a full cover (with a guitar and maaaybe a melodica)?
"yo dawg, i herd u lyk compliments, so i complimented your compliment, so you can thank me while i thank you."
AT:I've been writing a lot lately. It feels good.
AT:Words. Prose, mostly.
APLM:oooh. if you want to show me, i won't mind. i've actually been going through bouts of self-doubt, music wise.
AT:You should never! You are beautiful. Everything you make is like melting gold that gently flows inside my ears, coating all the organs that live inside with the wealth it carries.
APLM:wow. thank you. i can tell you've been writing a lot lately, by the way. that was a well written compliment. (yo dawg, i herd u lyk compliments, so i complimented your compliment, so you can thank me while i thank you.)
#037 THE ONE I LOVE (R.E.M. COVER). there are a few things about me that are just plain surprising, when people find out about them. fact: i was never a huge fan of late ’80s to mid ’90s alternative rock. sure, i liked some of the songs, but the genre as a whole never appealed to me on a visceral level. this is why it’s rare for me to choose to sing an alternative rock song (unless, of course, it’s a request).
in any case, a good song is a good song, and i recognize the quality of this particular one. it’s like “every breath you take” by the police; so many people think this is a love song just because of the title. listen closely! i adore songs like this; songs where you really need to listen to the words to get the point. it allows a deeper understanding of the songwriter and a deeper sense of being in the moment, when you’re listening to the music.
i think it's just one of those odd little turns of phrase which evolve out of dialects, like some places in australia say it more than others, sand some don't say it at all. and re: the music - so worries, it's lovely. you should check out my band too, i think we would be right up your alley :)
yeah, i pretty much am in love with your voice. if you didn’t notice, i followed both your personal tumblr and your band’s, too. <3
haha! yep, i think we do say heaps a lot. when i was living in the uk my english friends thought it was funny how i said 'heaps' all the time, whereas they say 'loads'. loving your music by the way. where in the world are you?
haha! suspicion confirmed. i wonder why, though. “heaps” is such a common word; you’d think the term would be used more often in more places.
ANYWAY. thanks for listening to my music! <3 i’m in the philippines, two hours into your past.
#036 SATELLITE (LENA COVER). an anonymous person requested this song, and i must admit that i had to google the title to figure out what it sounded like. (i’d never heard of the song before.) i was pleasantly surprised when i found it on youtube. the original is quite catchy! i loved covering this.
#035 DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME (THE POLICE COVER). this is an old, old cover that i did months ago. the original is actually my favorite song by the police, but it just doesn’t sound right if i don’t change the pronouns around. even when i do, it’s kind of… creepy. but nice, i guess. i like it well enough. hah.