Post by pinkstratmonster on Jan 26, 2010 8:52:30 GMT -5
mmmh, yes, I'm interested, but I'm kind of shy...... I'm only just starting out (with both, writing and palying really), and am a little worried as to how much I could contribute at all. I'm just battling along with Cakewalk at the moment, not very successfully I might add :-(
Soooo, what's up? I've done a few collabs but usually I'm the one kicking in the lyric. They are suited to folk/country-ish songs if anyone's ready to render melodies. I've done a few finished works but that means strictly one man, one guitar, one track without any spice. Wait. Reverb, and maybe a touch of chorus to taste have been used without upsetting the cleanliness purists.
Collaborations I've participated in are pretty simple. One person throws out some lyrics, or a line, and others complete the song with their own lines. That gets the lyrics done. Then someone, anyone, everyone write the lyrics into song. From there other instruments are added and eventually the thing gets done. In the process the song is put up in its various stages and critiqued. It goes back to the studio a couple times and taken there by whomever can do the work.
For my part, I've either supplied the lyrics or wrote the song using someone else's lyrics. Any other embellishments I've always left to others to work in because I really do suck at recording. That said, I try to record a loud, clean version of the song and then give it to whomever is going to take it from there.
This is a simple lyric I wrote a couple days ago - kinda sappy - but it's in a meter that's easy to work with and doesn't ask for heavy input. Anyway, the first submittal usually gets the ball rolling. Changes to the lyrics are fine if they suit the making of the song and maintain its message. Once done, those who collaborate own the song and are credited accordingly.
This Old Friend
I tried to sing a song for her It was early evening light The words were just too hard to say But this old friend made it right He sang the best he could and all In his sweetest voice He let me off so easily As if he had a choice
She dropped her eyes and let a tear Fall upon my arm I got choked up and lost my words So he just kept playing on And he played to her as if alone And he sang so pleasantly He sang the words I couldn’t find So free and faithfully
This old friend will always be A better part of me She often asks for him to sing His songs of tranquility She listens for his songs of love She loves to hear his voice He moves us both so easily As if he has a choice
I’m older now and learned a lot About myself from him He’s more than just a guitar to me He’s my balance deep within I guess I owe him for his gift To play a simple song I guess I owe him more than that He helps me get along