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How much does our taste in music direct our lives?

In today’s world our culture is dictated to us by the entertainment we seek.

Music, Film, advertising for products, Sports; all forms of entertainment shape our culture.

Most of us are heavily into music, lots of the time it is a certain genre of music.

Growing up you most likely stuck around those that also listened to your particular genre of music.

Consider this

  • Depending on the genre of music you associated yourself with you began to dress, talk and act a certain stereotypical way.
  • You surrounded yourself with those who had a similar taste in music that you did.
  • Your direction in life; such as the career choices you made and the places that you frequented to meet people were partly if not fully influenced by the music you listened to.

What if?

What if you chose to like a different style of music and associate with different types of people?

Would you be where you are today?

Would you have the same friends?

Would you hold the same job?

Would you have the same partner? Would you have ever met your partner?

Controlling people through entertainment

We are purposely controlled through all forms of entertainment. We are told that we like certain things and we believe it because we are shown advertisements of other people enjoying these things.

In reality if we look deep down inside ourselves we will see that all we really want is happiness and rather than settle for what we are told will make us happy; we need to seek it out ourselves.

Going with the crowd will keep us happy and ensure that we have common interests to talk with others. But to be truly happy we need to be selfish and find what makes us happy, only then with our happiness can we help others to be happy.

MUSIC

I love music and have spent most of my life in the music industry, but it is a business and it must sell. People need to know that as good food will keep your body healthy so to will good positive music keep your soul healthy so avoid the demonic artists as much as you can. You know which ones I’m talking about.

The art of songwriting in today’s music industry

Back in school I was given a book “How to write songs” and it went through an arduous process about finding the right ;

  • TITLE
  • GROOVE
  • BEAT
  • SELECTING A GENRE
  • SONG STRUCTURE
  • HOOK / REFRAIN
  • AND MUCH MORE

But as I read over it today I see that it is totally out of date and so I’m writing a few posts on how to write a song in today’s music industry.

Introduction

Gone are the days where you could just stick to a genre, in fact the days of genre have gone all together.

It used to be easy to listen to a genre such as GRUNGE, “NIRVANA, SILVERCHAIR, ETC” and sit down with a guitar, jot down some power chords, easy verses and a chorus and pre chorus.

The overlapping of genres

Nowadays and for a while actually the genres have been overlapping.

We hear electronic music in Rock, orchestral compositions in Pop, drum and bass beats in ballads.

The mixtures are endless and that is where the future is heading.

What song structures?

We no longer stick to the classic song structures.

Sometimes we don’t hear verses, and rapping influences rhyming in other genres.

Choruses can be put anywhere in a song and the idea of a song structure is not even necessary.

Progression is the key

Keeping the songs progressive is a real plus.

Making the melody head in an unexpected direction and making it work is a genius tip for a great song.

 

My Song-writing style

I’m used to carrying a pen and paper where ever I go. This I think is a good idea, or just use your iPhones, etc.

Because I write mainly Hip-hop I visualize a beat and start creating a hook and sometimes bassline.

Then jot down some raps.

When I get home to the studio then the building of a track begins.

I’m into all things classical so I’ll put down a nice intro,

Place in some electronic sweeps, perhaps a piano thrill,

Chunk up the bass and cut and chop it into choruses, pre-choruses and verses.

Then I’ll listen to it and write my rhymes.

But this is only one example of how I write songs.

 

The song-writing process

You got to listen to all types of music, you’ll be surprised what inspires you.

 

You must spend money and buy equipment

It is so cheap to set up a basic home recording studio and if you are serious about writing songs then this is the first thing you should complete.

 

 

 

I WANT TO SING

So you have decided that you want to become a singer. Perhaps you want to be a famous vocalist, or have so much love for someone that you want to sing it to them. Or maybe your love of singing has left you no other option but to become a little better at it.

The best thing about singing is that we each have a unique voice; and building on this unique voice is what will make you a better singer.

There are singers that practice mimicking other’s voices. That is fine for practicing purposes but to put so much time and effort into perfecting someone else’s voice means you disregard your own.

Real voices aren’t perfect

Some of us have lisps, we all have different accents and tones and our vocal inflections only make our voices more exciting.

Even when we talk our voices bounce with cadences; we speed up and slow down, become louder and softer.

Singing should be done in your natural voice, it just makes everything so much easier.

Note: If you listen to some of the most famous/popular vocalists such as Madonna; you will notice that not only is her voice not perfect but she also sings out of pitch sometimes.

INTERNATIONAL SINGING

I have worked with people who sing in English, Arabic and Sinhalese; each culture has a different way of singing and a different interpretation of how  a natural voice should sound.

If you are coming from a non-English speaking background you must practice singing in both your mother-tongue and in English if you are considering English.

FACTS ABOUT GOOD SINGING

1. You need to listen to what you are singing.

2. You need to control your pitch, volume, timing and breathing.

3. You need to know how to sing in different settings; studio, live, acapella, with others in harmony.

4. You need to practise breathing exercises and practise your pitch.

BUT WHERE DO I START

Either get lessons or check out the free lessons online especially breathing lessons.

You need a keyboard or guitar so that you have something to tune your voice to.

MY EXPERIENCE

The most important thing I think is to find other singers and work with them, practice together and build your skills together.

With more than one singer you can practice holding notes and singing in harmony; skills that  you will need whether singing solo or together.

THE NEXT STEP

Set yourself up with a home recording studio which I will tell you all about in my next post on the topic.

Good luck.