Some Tunes

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Character Ammo

I've heard real evidence of progress in my current musical adventure.  The process continues and I now find it increasingly challenging to figure out how best to proceed for the "best" progress.  I can tell you, it's not boring.

I'm mid-way through a class at SongU about story songwriting and character development.  Now I can see where I need some ammunition to reload the guns.  And here, I thought this was going to be simple.  Ha!  I think I have some real opportunity to better set up most of my lyrics by better character development.  You know, not only do you have to be adept at this process, you've got about 3 to 4 minutes in a song to get it done and tell the story too.  Oh yeah, simple.

I realize that not all songs are really story songs, but I'll just bet a lot more are than I tend to think about in that way.  Some are obvious, like "Mr. Bojangles" or "Cat's in the Cradle" (to go back a ways), but even if the story is less deep, the characters make it real.  Hmmm.  Lots of work to do.  I'm thinking about taking a creative writing class and then applying it to the songwriting.  I'm sure it couldn't hurt (not me anyway).
Interesting side-note, I understand that Harry Chapin's wife actually wrote the lyrics about Harry and his son.  No credit for the talented lady, hope she got to spend some of the cash for that one anyway.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, Bro, That's really interesting. I'll be listening to songs in a whole new way, as I'm sure you are. Remember all those Classical pieces that were SUPPOSED to be telling stories but you have no clue because there are no words? Even with the words I forget to listen for the story. I make up musical collages in my head based on sounds and phrases. Seems we are (on another note) both learning how to flow with the new technology. I am getting back into writing projects, and finally the goal of publication is not about ink and paper, but about e-books, e-readers, and scanners. Very much fun :)