The pre-chorus and the chorus came to me immediately while playing my acoustic guitar. I’ll almost always record my ideas that I like, just to make sure I don’t forget them. I’ll just doing a quick, low quality vocal and guitar recording in audacity (or whichever instrument the song is birthed from (often guitar) but I didn’t even bother doing a sketch/ scratch recording for this one because I thought it was too mainstream sounding. But whenever I would pick up my acoustic guitar, these lyrics, these chords and the vocal melody would always come back to me…Every time I would play it, it would grow on me more and more, until I realized it was pretty decent, just not my idealized style. Not sure if “idealized” is the correct word…Maybe “idyllic”. Maybe “preferred style” is what I mean. After awhile I believed I had a strong chorus and pre-chorus but I still had to create a verse. I did a demo with a different verse before I did the version that you hear, here. The other verse had a slightly countrified flavour…It was decent but I wanted something that “felt better”, so I struggled to create the verses that you hear in my song. I also added the bridge near the end of the song to change things up and shift the song into a somewhat higher gear. So, the initial inspiration was quick and easy while the additional pieces of the song were kind of toiled, worked and fretted over. That’s often how it is for me, it seems. The verse and the ending/ bridge part were written about 3 or 3/1/2 years after the pre-chorus and chorus and then the arrangements of the bass, drums and guitar, and harmonies were added not too long before this recording. The part where I sing the lower vocal notes of “you wish me hell” was also added at the later stages of the development of the song.
I think there was some wrestling between “sweet” and “bitter” when I was writing the song. I tend to write dark and negative lyrics but I also have many songs with gentle, kind, respectful and caring lyrics. I sometimes feel very vulnerable when showing a softer side in my lyrics even though that’s kind of a ridiculous way to feel…But I believe that songwriters need to show all sides of themselves and it’s important not to fear being vulnerable and “soft”…I’m wondering if others here have any discomfort or fear of expressing themselves in a song lyric, whether it be some form sadness, personal loss, anger, violence, depression or anything that can be viewed as “weak”.
I thought someone might mention that. Haha
I tend to push the bass in some of my songs, especially in my songs that don’t have big overdriven guitars.
Yeah, I kind of feel that too. I was thinking of cutting the first chorus in half. I’ll try to figure out how to cutting out some of the fat.
This is really good to know. I like to know which parts and pieces impact the listener, and why they do. I’m going to consider what you said there or something similar. Something to emphasize that line.
Thank god! I’m worried that someone is going to say pop or easy listening. Vintage-Style Rock sounds a lot better to me!
Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment, Andrew! @ColdRoomStudio
Glad you like it, Paul !
Oh no! Are you sure that’s a good thing ??
I’m just kidding…, kind of. Well, I guess they did have some pretty good pop songs, even though they’re not something I’m particularly fond of. I do understand what you’re saying though.
Yeah, I think it could use some brevity. That’s something I’m considering.
Thanks for the listen and your comments, Paul! @feaker