Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Song production today, an unusual song about Richard Dadd and fairies. It sounds rather weak at the moment.

I think today that the best way to write songs is the same as developing painting ideas, poems or anything else.

First ensure that you have stock material. So listen to lots of music, ideally random melodies and certainly NOT anything you've created before (this is one reason why bands that perform a lot become poor song writers). Then one evening, exercise (I find this is much better than meditation/relaxing) and you'll probably hum and write the whole song, the important parts anyway, one verse, a chorus, and the other magical third bit in the middle, enough original material. Then, some days later, expand it in the production phase.

For lyric ideas, as with poetry or literature, it's best to picture a scene and describe that image. It makes the process easy. You'll find that the music fits the picture and the mood you're feeling naturally and well. Use of the unconscious is essential.


Four Seasons in a Life said...

Greetings Mark,

You are so very talented and accomplished in so many different creative are.

Your approach to writing music and lyrics is very good. My son Armont, he has been working for a couple of years developing material and few months ago released his first song on iTunes in December.

He is going at a slow pace, practicing when ever he can, now that he is full time at Apple.

Warmest regards,

John Salmon. said...

Yes Mark, it's that magical bit in the middle that gets me every time. I can just about create a melody and find it almost impossible to create the counter melody that makes the tune listenable. Good luck with your efforts.

Richard Dadd was a fantastic artist. His attention to detail was amazing. Probably due to his OCD?

Mark Sheeky said...

Hi Egmont, Under what name or band is Armont's music? I might look him up.

You're right John! Richard Dadd did go mad, but he was very creative so you can't have it all I suppose! I've never seen the fairy feller painting but it's much smaller than I expected. I wonder how many hours he put into it?