The most difficult simple thing youíll ever do.
16.2.2003 by Azaroth
Iíve been working in the studio the past few weeks. Man, that is
grueling work. Until youíre done laying down your tracks. Then itís
all about sitting on your ass with a beer in one hand and a handful of
smart ass comments in the other. The guy weíre working with is Kevin
McCarthy. He really knows his stuff and it has been a great
experience. By the way, for more info on Kevin and his studio, City
View Recording, just call (503)371-8418. Just tell him Azaroth sent
Anyway, between conversations in the studio and watching Josie and the
Pussycats and Rockstar in one night, I had a few thoughts on song
I donít just mean lyrics. Any schmuck can crap out some words and call
himself a songwriter. No, Iím talking about the guy that writes the
lyrics, composes the riffs and then turns the whole thing into a song.
Almost everyone is, or knows someone, that thinks that theyíre a
songwriter. In any given day, 1000 songs are written by "songwriters"
all across the USA. Of those 1000, 250 will never even be heard by
anyone, 500 will be almost exact copies of someone elseís work, 200
will be played by "garage" or "local" bands and possibly end up on a
recording, 40 will be recorded by an artist on a record label, 9 will
make it onto a major labelís release, and less than one of them will be
a hit. Man, those are pretty tough odds, eh?
If, after hearing that, you still want to give it a shot, then Iíve got
a few pointers. Write about something you know. Make sure your song
has a "hook". You know, that part of the song that you canít get out
of your head...the part that Ďhooksí you. Finally, send it to someone
else. You see, even if you write a great song, someone else (a record
exec, a fellow band member, your girlfriend, your Mom) is going to make
changes. If you canít handle that, then GET OUT OF THIS BUSINESS!!!
If you ever get your "big shot", it will go exactly like this: "I am
so glad to be here."
"We loved your song. We see big things in your future, kid."
"Great! Letís get started. Hereís my song."
"Oh yeah...youíre song. Well, hereís the band thatís gonna record it
for you, and here are the changes weíve all made."
With that, they unroll a HUGE list of changes and your song doesnít
sound anything like yours originally did. Hereís my advice: JUST
Wow...I headed off on a tangent there, huh? Well, the long and the
short of it is this: Song writing may seem like something simple to
do...but to really do it, and make it good, it is very, very difficult.
This is my old project, THROWDOWN.
A group of friends and I put together this little project in 2003 as an outlet of out collective rage and anger about the
subjects that each of us cared about. I was the editor-and-chief and games writer back then.
It was a blast to do and it to be involved in a great collaborative effort using the strengths of my friends was simply amazing. I hope you have fun reading our
work as much as we had in creating it.