Songwriting...
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 you!

Anyway, between conversations in the studio and watching Josie and the Pussycats and Rockstar in one night, I had a few thoughts on song writing.

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 ACCEPT IT.

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.

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