Why do my songs suck?? ok, ill give 2 reasons of the dozens that probably exist
Because my songs are an extension of my personality. So all of my character flaws creep in lol. I procrastinate, im lazy (but a perfectionist sometimes too), im HYPER super self critical and full of doubts to offset the huge ego and self confidence. So whatever comes out musically depends on which part of the rollercoaster im on at that moment.
All that being said, I see 2 major problems.
- Everything is done “in one shot”. One sitting, there is no going back and fixing things etc. for instance some of you have heard the song “Happy Birthday Sugarboo”. Well, that was a one day wonder. I think I had the drums programmed the day before or whatever, but other than that, I woke up that morning and wrote/played/sang/mixed the whole song because it was for a girls birthday that next day and I was going to post it before I went to work that morning.
And generally my stuff is done like. The drums will be programmed beforehand. Then either on an off day or after work I will sit down and write/record all of the rhythm guitars for a “song” in about a 2-3 hour sitting. So there is no forethought into tones or chords or whatever, its all done in the moment. No going back and editing etc.
Same for vocals, generally whatever vocals I have laid down have been done in one shot.
Lyrics same way, except often the lyrics will change as I start singing or they will be more or less scribbled out on the spot while singing lol.
So for whatever reason I absolutely HATE going back and working on stuff. If it doesnt get finished fast then it doesnt get finished.
I have literally hundreds of drum/guitar “songs” where there is intro/verse/chorus/bridge/solo section/outro etc but with no bass or vocals
example? sure. Here is just one I grabbed as an example. I could post at least 50 like this where a considerable amount of work was invested but it was never “finished”. Nothing “wrong” with it at all. Strong sort of “southern” flavor that leads into a heavier grunge feel on the chorus etc. I could easily swap the EZ Drums for one of my newer kits and remix it etc.
The song already has a lot of character etc. So why isnt that song finished and released to the public?? uhmm, because I suck as a person?? probably
or this one which essentially is a “complete” demo as far as having music and lyrics/vocals. The vocals would have to be redone and bass added and solos or keyboard pads or whatever. and obviously id probably axe the intro vox where i goofed off emulating a harmonica with my vox lol.
yet again, that was a one day wonder and I cant seem to be bothered to go back and fix/finish it since I guess i realize it wont be “perfect” anyway
its not looking good lol
- too MUCH creativity. I:E: too many possibilities, no focus. too many options…so how does one start??
Should I go in a vanHalen direction? Zz Toppish? Grunge/AIC/STP feel? Should I do some blues songs? Wow, why dont I go out on a real heavy vocal trip like Queen or the Byrds or the Beatles?? Should I really focus on a heavy guitar shred vibe to show off the recent hard scale practice?? Wow, I should really do some acoustic 12 string stuff. I need to do some open tuned stuff
Who should I sing like? Roth, Coverdale, or go on a Roger Waters trip? Should I try a higher sort of Ray Gillen/mark Slaughter vibe?
See my point? How to get started with a clear enough vision to be able to see a project, or at least ONE SONG all the way through to where it is completed and I am proud of it.
example. here is a recent thing I worked on (ITS NOT MIXED, DONT FREAK OUT). This is sort of the direction I want to go…but how is that even related to the “homeward Bound” song above?? is it even the same guy? yes, its me lol. And I could just as easily go into a heavy layered vocal Beatles/eastern vibe (with my new EHX Ravish Sitar pedal lol)
So why do my songs suck? Because my work habits and workflow suck and I dont have a clear vision of what I want to do. Without a vision the people perish. Im the classic “why finish ONE song when i can start three more instead?”
and of course part of the focus problem is that question of "what do I do with the songs if I ever felt they were finished properly???
When I think of words like “marketing strategy” “web presence” “copyright” etc…my head spins and I just end up watching old Bruce Lee documentaries or Twilight Zone episodes etc