I’m not much of an electronic planner person, but I really like Evernote! In fact, I like it so much that I’ve held onto it despite the changes and limitations they’ve put on the free version, such as the fact that you can’t use it with more than two devices at the same time. Today, […]
We’ve already talked about the importance of structure to write a good song. There’s another very very simple rule you can follow to write a good song. It still concerns structure in some way, but doesn’t really have a name; I call it the Multiples of Four rule.
Music isn’t written as one really long stream of notes. It’s divided in chunks called bars (or measures). A bar groups a certain number of beats together; most pop music today sounds like 1-2-3-4 and is generally in 4/4. Without going too much into the theory of music, the point is that you need to be able to count the bar in order to identify how many bars there are before a change occurs in the song.
Spoiler alert: there is a change every 4, 8, 16, etc. bars (multiples of four!)
Some of you may know that I’m the worst morning person on the face of the Earth. Some of you may also know that I’ve been trying to change. I’ve never been proud about being one of the night owls, but it’s time to change that.
After reading about the amazing benefits of yoga in the morning, going running, meditating, getting the house to yourself, having a full breakfast at 5 a.m. (BARF!), and blah blah blah, I was convinced that being an early riser was the only way to go. I researched ways to get up earlier in the morning and tried to follow the rules.
The first week wasn’t awesome, but it was ok. This second week, however, was very weird. Due to a number of projects and musical gigs, I found myself going to bed between 1 and 2 a.m. and waking up between 9 and 10. And the results of this have really made me ask myself a few questions.
Remember when I told you I lost the tickets to see Sigur Rós? Wouldn’t it be so great if I told you I found them just in time for the concert?
Yeah…that didn’t happen, obviously. What did happen though is that Mr. Songwriter (a.k.a. the best boyfriend in the world) saw how upset I was and bought me new tickets.
And Karma clearly exists, since his lovely action was rewarded by some random idiot stealing his bike. We haven’t exactly had the best of luck lately.
Anyway, on to Sigur Rós. I was so incredibly grateful for the tickets! The concert was nothing short of amazing.
Dear Bike Thief,
you know who you are. You’re the horrible person who found it appropriate to steal my boyfriend’s bike from inside a locked courtyard.
You disgust me. It’s thanks to people like you that I lose faith in humanity.
When writing a song, it’s important to think about structure. A strong structure can help your song really shine and reach your listeners effectively! It can also stop it from becoming a mess of incoherent thoughts and melodies jumbled together in an endless stream of consciousness.
There’s a lot of buzz about the early bird getting the worm and the huge benefits that waking up early can have on your life. I’m trying to find out if this is true for everyone or if perhaps some people (i.e. night owls) may benefit from a different schedule. As I told you last week, when I was researching the best hacks to get up early in the morning, I’m really not a morning person.
I’m sure you all know that feeling you get when you know you’ve lost something. Your heart sinks and your brain frantically thinks “no wait, I’m sure it will turn up”, but deep down you know it’s gone.
One of the first questions I get asked as a songwriter is whether it’s best to write the music or lyrics first.
There is no right answer actually, in general it depends. Some songwriters start by playing around on a chord structure and working out the melody, whereas others start from the lyrics and set them to music. Some even write both at the same time.
Every year, I read about getting up early and its amazing benefits. Every year, I promise myself that this will be the year I definitely get up earlier and do yoga or whatever else and feel amazing all day. Mind you, I’m not even talking about getting up at 4.30 a.m.
A simple 7 a.m. every single morning would suffice for the moment. Unfortunately my bed is just too tempting and my alarm clock doesn’t really make a compelling argument.