Thursday, February 12, 2009

Manhã de Carnaval by Luiz Bonfa

I've been obsessing over this song today so I decided to practice singing and barbershopped it. There are some times that I'm definitely flat, which is kind of disappointing, but I think it'd be a really cool cover if it was done as a barbershop, and if I knew the words.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Untitled idea in Ebm - lacking lyrics

It's always kind of a let down when you write some music that you like but just can't seem to put any sort of literal lyrical meaning behind it. The emotion is unmistakably there, but it's kind of a primal, simplistic emotion. I came up with a couple lyrical ideas for this one, but the one that I actually thought was good poetry with strong imagery and a consistent theme sounded horrible when I recorded it. It wasn't even self-judgment in my voice, the timbre of the melody just completely blended in with the background vocals because it was me singing everything. This problem could probably be fixed by someone who actually understands the science of recording, but as such, I do not. Also, for some reason, when I recorded the drums there was no noise in the audio file at all, but when I recorded everything else in the exact same manner, there was. Kind of a pain in the ass, but it's not like this is even a complete song, so I didn't bother to try and figure out what the problem was.

I've wanted to do something with these chords for a while but couldn't decide on what until I came up with the drum beat in this idea. After that, everything else kind of fell into place, with vocals coming in last.

To me, this song is about following your dream even if that dream isn't the most successful thing to do financially speaking. However, because there's nothing in this idea that directly states that, as the composer I openly encourage interpretation and I would prefer that the listener finds their own meaning within these chords, the vocal harmonies, and the rhythm.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Fruit Stand (unfinished)

My counterpart and I decided to compose a song that was happy, but not cliché and certainly not about love. This is when we came across the concept of food. And as we all know, or should know, fruit just happens to be delicious. We first tried to write about a particular fruit, but couldn't decide on what, so my counterpart came up with the brilliant idea of a fruit stand. We agreed upon a time signature, a tempo, and a key, and decided to compose separate parts within these boundaries. I have yet to hear his version, it could still be under development for all I know. I might add drums to this, I might not. I have yet to decide on a drum beat that sits well in my stomach.

My friend was kind enough to strum the guitar chords I wrote and everything else was performed by me, including the awful vocals. I really only sound good singing harmonies right now and suck at singing the main melodies, but maybe someday with some formal or informal training I can change that.

I really enjoyed making this, even though I'm not too impressed with the end result. First, I came up with the vocal melody and the lyrics simultaneously. Then I added in the chords based off of the written melody. The orchestra bells were just a fun little thing to add on to help visualize little droplets of fruit juice. Ideally, I would've liked to sample the sounds of fruits being mashed or ripped open, and I might still do that. We'll see, along with that drum track.