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S.A.C. Songwriting and Blogging Challenge - Week 6 - Collaborations

 

Collaborations!

This week I had a wonderful experience co-writing with two wonderful musicians.  I was able to do some Skype chatting with both Scott Perrie and Kimberley Beyea. 

 

S.A.C. Songwriting and Blogging Challenge - Week 5 - "Diamonds In a Dog's Mouth"

 

This week’s challenge:
......writing from your stream of consciousness.  

 

S.A.C. Songwriting and Blogging Challenge - Week 4 - Rock The Cliche

 

This week we’re going to look inside the box by examining how to Rock The Cliché.

SoundCloud link to "Every Dog Has Its Day": https://soundcloud.com/matt-gerber/every-dog-has-its-day-2014-sac

 

 

S.A.C. Songwriting and Blogging Challenge - Week 3 - "Sober Second Thought"

 

I found this challenge really pushed me.  I thought to start off that I would chose a song to emulate that would be way different from the type of song that I usually write, and then I would write all the lyrics first before trying to put them to music.  I thought that using Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" as some sort of template would be interesting for lyrics. 

 

S.A.C. Songwriting and Blogging Challenge - Week 2, Day 6 - finished song!

 

This is the end of Week 2 of a 6 week S.A.C. (Songwriters Association of Canada) songwriting challenge guided by Christopher Ward.

 

I decided early on that the idea "Cranes in the sky" had some meaning to me.  I could use it as a concept of death and rebirth in every part of the world, the natural and the man made.

 

S.A.C. Songwriting and Blogging Challenge - Week 2, Day 5

 

The last day of the observation portion part of the assignment.  Now to writing!

Friday morning, at work, discussing politics (Titles/Ideas/Themes/Lyrics):

 

S.A.C. Songwriting and Blogging Challenge - Week 2, Day 4

 

Thursday morning, hanging out at a Second Cup at Eglinton and Mt. Pleasant (Titles/Ideas/Themes/Lyrics):

(yep, it was a cold morning!)

 

S.A.C. Songwriting and Blogging Challenge - Week 2, Day 3

 

Wednesday Evening, TSG meeting (Titles/Ideas/Themes/Lyrics):

 

S.A.C. Songwriting and Blogging Challenge - Week 2, Day 2

 

Tuesday Evening, The Rivoli While waiting for the Mullet Night Show(Titles/Ideas/Themes/Lyrics):

 

S.A.C. Songwriting and Blogging Challenge - Week 2, Day 1

 

Challenge: Spend 10 minutes a day for the next 5 days in 5 different places, i.e. subway, take-out counter, coffee shop, etc., and turn on your antennae.  Jot down some song ideas based on each of those 10 minutes.  Then, at the end of the week, choose your favourite and write a song.

 

Addendum to Week 1's SAC Songwriting & Blogging Challenge

 

Wouldn't you know it, I ended up getting inspired by one of my Opening Lines "The elephant in the room just farted.".  It's a silly Monty Python style of tune (with some environmental undertones) that I think could be developed as a show tune or a barbershop quartet....I've posted it on SoundCloud;

https://soundcloud.com/matt-gerber

 

S.A.C. Songwriting and Blogging Challenge - Week 1 - "In A Perfect World"

 

Please click on the below link to take you to a demo recording of "In A Perfect World" on soundcloud.

https://soundcloud.com/matt-gerber

 

S.A.C. Songwriting and Blogging Challenge, Week 1 (Continued) Tweaking (Not Twerking!!!)

 

I'm constantly going back to make adjustments to my lyrics, especially once I try to put them to music and try to perform them.  This involves trying to find the right phrasing and weeding out the words that don't "sound right".  Also, it's where I experiment with moving verses around.  Here's the latest version of "In A Perfect World", I've added a coda;

 

In a perfect world,

We would all be equal,

No one would be labeled rich or poor.

Money would be as free as breathing

But in a perfect world,

Could I love you more?

 

In a perfect world,

Everyone is friendly,

It's a place where no one ever locks the door

We would take only what we need

But in a perfect world,

Could I love you more?

 

Our love has built a bond between us,

 From every trial faced along the way.

And it's getting stronger every day.

 

In a perfect world,

We wouldn't have to worry,

What the years ahead of us have in store.

All our plans would come together

But in a perfect world,

Could I love you more?

 

It's not a perfect world,

But I love you to its core.

 

Week 1 Challenge (Continued)

 

I found that at first glance, none of the titles, themes or opening lines that I came up with inspired me.  For some reason, another title popped into my head "In A Perfect World" (which I'm going to swap with "A Seed In The Wind").  A song came together quickly after that.  Here's the lyrics;

 

In a perfect world,

Things would be so easy,

I wouldn't have to struggle any more.

Money would be as free as breathing

But in a perfect world,

Could I love you more?

 

In a perfect world,

There would be no evil.

No reasons for us to go to war.

No man's fist, raised 'gainst another.

But in a perfect world,

Could I love you more?

 

In a perfect world,

Everyone is friendly,

It's a place where no one ever locks the door

We would take only what we need

But in a perfect world,

Could I love you more?

 

Our love has built a bond between us,

With every hardship faced along the way,

That's getting stronger every day.

 

In a perfect world,

We wouldn't have to worry,

What the years ahead of us have in store.

All our plans would come together

But in a perfect world,

Could I love you more?

 

Now I've realized that I've rhymed 'more' with 'more' in the 1st verse (which is unfortunate, but I don't want to keep that).  Also, I think I have one verse too many.  The easiest path for me to take is to just drop the 1st verse, and then I've resolved both issues!

 

I decided to write this on guitar and came up with a pleasant melody.  Hopefully I'll be able to make some sort of recording of this prior to this coming Monday's deadline.

 

S.A.C. Songwriting and Blogging Challenge - Week 1

 

This week's challenge has a couple of parts.  The first is to identify 3 song titles, 3 themes and 3 opening lines that strike me as interesting for existing songs.  The second part is to come up with 5 titles, 5 themes and 5 opening lines of my own.  The 3rd part is to write a song using one of those titles, themes or opening lines and to have it completed by Monday, February 24th.

I've now completed parts 1 and 2 of this week's challenge;

Titles:

  1. The Greedy Ugly People -  Hefner
  2. Karma Police - Radiohead
  3. Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash

 

  • This Side Of The Ground
  • How The West Was Lost
  • Sober Second Thought
  • A Seed In The Wind
  • Analysis Paralysis

Themes:

  1. Death/Dying - (Knockin' on Heaven`s Door - Bob Dylan)
  2. Perspective - (Do You Realize - The Flaming Lips)
  3. Longing/Depression - (Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want - The Smiths)

 

  • Beauty of Nature
  • Regret
  • Warning about the future
  • Anticipation
  • Super Heroes

 

Opening Lines:

  1. "It's so cold this morning that my breath comes out like steam." - (She Doesn`t Belong To Me - Pete and the Pirates)
  2. "Lover now that you've left me I'm glad you're unlovely." - (Love To A Monster - Okkervil River)
  3. "I am a man of constant sorrow, I've seen trouble all my day." - (Man of Constant Sorrow - Traditional)

 

  • "Atheism is a non-prophet organization."
  • "I have a half million reasons to leave you."
  • "I was a fool to think I understood."
  • "The elephant in the room just farted."
  • "The waves of Civilization continuously crash against the shores of time."

 

 

 

 

Positive Music Imperative (PMI)

 

A wonderful friend of mine, Heather Hill, invited me to be a part of the project Positive Music Imperative.

http://www.positivemusicimperative.com/discography/pmi-compilation-january-2014/