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It’s All About The Music

Today’s song is:

Still Blue

I’m changing the structure around here this week. The weekly song will be getting the main spotlight, coming before everything else. I noticed that many people are reading the posts, but not downloading the music, and this blog is, above all, about the MUSIC, MY music.

Anyway, I was supposed to discuss song structure this week, so I’ll go a little into that.

Most pop music is basically a variation of the intro/verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge-middle eigth/chorus/outro. You may see variations like intro/verse/verse/chorus/verse/chorus/solo/chorus/outro and others, but it’s basically the same. Most pop songs that seem on the surface to stray from this *rule*, in deeper analysis, are a variation of the same thing.

It’s nothing set in stone, at least not to me. You can write your songs without thinking of anything like that, as I personally do. It’s only as an afterthought that I analyse whether my songs have intros and bridges and fancy stuff like that. I’m getting more into doing it on purpose now because I’m actually studying other people’s songwriting styles and their songs’ structures.

If you’re writing pop music, I’d advise you pay special attention to your chorus parts. I don’t. And that’s something I’m trying to change. There’s nothing like a catchy chorus to give a song some afterlife in the memories of listeners.

Writing music has always been a very intuitive process for me, and I’ve never gone further than thinking “this sounds good, I need something else to go with it” when composing. It doesn’t have to be this or any other way. It can be whatever works for you. I’ve been doing it that way, but I’m trying to do it with a bit more method now, pondering song structures and the overall effect the song will have on listeners.

I’ve always been more concerned with pleasing myself when writing, but if I’m going to actually subject other people to what I write, I might as well be a little accomodating. To many that may sound like selling out, but I think of it as being a good host. I’m inviting people into my imagination when I let them hear my music, and I might as well offer them a chair during the visit. A reasonably comfy one is the probably ideal. Neither a box for people to sit on nor a fluffy sofa. Just make sure they don’t fall sleep.

Now have a sit.

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Postal Blue video

I don’t want to take away the attention from the totally new and absolutely unreleased song that I just posted two days ago, but I have come accross the realization that not many people have ever seen Postal Blue in action. So I decided to showcase this video shot by a friend at our very first show a couple of years ago.

It was at a quite large venue, incidentally, which added a lot of tension to our debut. I was actually freaking out there, unable to look at the audience, partly because there were these freaking strong stage lights straight into my face, but also because I wanted to run away from all the eyes following my moves, waiting for me to stumble just to snicker. You can tell how nervous I was by how wobbly I sound, which doesn’t take away from my realization that live I sound a LOT like Arthur Lee circa Forever Changes.

Besides my nearly disastrous performance, our first show went down mostly uneventfully, thank goodness. I wish I had some more footage of that day. This wasn’t even uploaded by any of the band members. If anyone out there has Postal Blue live footage, which I doubt, send it my way or post it somewhere.

Anyway, I promise you won’t hear from me again until Monday, when I’ll upload another brand new song (with vocals this time), and when I shall reveal all the details of our next release, which should be coming very very soon. Much sooner than anyone (even I) expected.

Blog Schmog

live postal blue actionOh no, another blog. Just what we needed. And from a wannabe tunesmith, to make it worse.

That’s right folks. I’ve finally caved in, and started a blog. The guy who’s spent years badmouthing every new internet trend, from friendster to myspace to orkut to blogs. I’m going to try and use this space as a direct line of communication with anyone who likes good pop music, especially those who like MY music (I know you’re out there). I’d also like to talk about other stuff that I’m interested in, if you allow me, like painting, literature, video games, guitars, recording etc.

Updates will be made frequently, meaning, as frequently as I can, though I won’t promise anything. I only promise there will some interesting and useful bits of information everytime I post, like what I ate for breakfast or my grocery shopping list.

I’m going to write about music mostly, so those who suffer from tunnel vision can just relax. No music reviews, though. Ok, maybe a review here and there, which I’m sure I will regret, since many people are probably going to be pissed off at what I’ll say, as it so often happens. I feel like Larry David sometimes. Or Basil Fawlty.

If you’re a musician, you’re especially going to like it here, because I like to talk about songwriting and recording a lot. Oh, and the always entertaining and amusing music business rants. They’re going to be frequent, yes.

Last but not least, for those who like my music, I’m planning to upload songs on an irregular basis. Like every so whenever the hell I want. I feel like doing it now, so here goes a previously unreleased song I did a while ago. It’s definitely going to be on my upcoming solo album, which is going to be released by someone I still haven’t met under a band name I have yet to chose. Feel free to chime in, and let me know how you feel about it. I’m accepting band name suggestions. If you have any questions about the recording or whatever, I’ll answer them here or in the next post.

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