Ghosts, Goblins, Witches, and Werewolves!
Yes, it's that scary time of year. On Friday, October 28th, DJ Floridamusic will once again present the IMW Halloween Bash - a show dedicated to the scary, spooky, and supernatural. Remember, it's not too late to begin working on a new ghoulish tune, to be broadcast at the Halloween Bash! The more, the scarier!
Be it a scary song, a spooky story, or an eerie instrumental, we're looking for new songs to add to our growing list of creepy creations. So, don't be fearful. Crawl down to your laboratory, and start mixing some terrifying tracks. When 'it's alive', send an mp3 to email@example.com. We will post it on the IMW Halloween Page, and DJ Floridamusic will play it at the Halloween Bash, on Friday, October 28th.
See you then... if you dare!
Songwriting for the Novice
Part 3 - The Chicken or the Egg?
by Frank Northcutt
A common question of songwriters is “Which comes first, the music or the lyrics?” I have found the answer to generally be… yes! Your inspiration may lead you to pen and paper, to express your ideas in words. Or it may pull you to your instrument, to express a certain emotion in music. There may well be other times in which it all comes together simultaneously – melody, accompaniment, and lyrics. There is no right way or wrong way, of course. It’s all in where the muse leads you.
In the first two parts we were discussing lyric writing, so let’s take the song you just wrote (you did write one, right?) and put it to music. The diversity of music is infinite, of course. So, you first need to decide what the mood of the lyric is, and what style of music would best support the message, and convey the meaning. A sad ballad, funky R&B, metal, folk, reggae, blues? Sometimes multiple styles will work, and provide different emotions to the song. Depending upon your knowledge and instrumental ability, you may start with a simple three chord song, or create a much more complex progression, that provides dynamics in just the right places, e.g. choruses or bridge.. Again, keep in mind the mood of the lyrics. Major key or minor. Slow blues, fast shuffle, of rock back beat. Perhaps a different time signature (3/4, 6/8, 5/4, etc.) adds just the right feel. There are a number of good books available that address chord structure in popular songs, such as "The Songwriter's Sourcebook", by Rikki Rooksby.
As you begin to fit chords to the lyrics, experiment with the melody. Melody is the most important part of the music; as it is the focal point of the listener, and carries much of the emotion of the lyrics, just as the chords and rhythm set the mood of the song. A melody should hold the listener's interest, and give expression to the lyrics. Pay particular attention to meter (the rhythm of the melody, if you will) and how the words are accented when sung. You want them to sound natural, and not forced or awkward. Make changes to both the melody and the chords that accompany it in the chorus and bridge sections, to change the dynamics and hold the interest of the listener.
You will probably go through a number of iterations with the music before you are satisfied with the result. You may want to try entirely different concepts, to see what best achieves the impact you are looking for. Doesn’t move you as a ballad? Try it as an up tempo pop tune. Doesn’t quite work as rock? Try it as a blues or country tune. You’ll know when you get there.
I don’t want to forget those of you who don’t play an instrument. You’ll want to seek out a musician whose music is compatible with the style of the song, as you perceive it. Discuss it with your collaborator in as much detail as you feel is necessary to convey your concept. You will quickly discover if this is someone you can work with; someone who will understand what you are looking for, contribute their own ideas, and accept criticism. Collaborations of this sort have created some of the best music in history.
Well I hope this necessarily brief series has sparked some ideas in any budding songwriters here at IMW. Listen to other songwriters, read about songwriting, and practice songwriting as often as you can. Now go forth and create!!
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What good is all this great music, without people to listen to and enjoy it? There is much discussion on the site, and in the newsletter, about all our great musicians. But we wanted to take a moment to recognize our valued listeners as well. They provide constant support for the artists, and to the site itself. Whether listening and commenting on the music, visiting with us in chat during the radio shows, or just engaging with other members on the site, it’s all part of what keeps Indie Music Works a vibrant community.
So thank you, for choosing to spend some of your valuable time with us at IMW. It’s great to have you here!
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