The quest to write, record, produce and release a song a week. To read why I’m doing such a thing as well as being a full-time producer and musician for others, check out the first ‘A Song A Week’ blog post HERE.
A Song A Week is written by me, a songwriter and musician, but it appeals to people from all walks of life and professions, so no matter how you’ve found yourself here, try to take something from it and implement it in your own life.
Welcome to Week 22 of the A Song A Week blog. I’m going to dive straight in with some thoughts and musings on my latest song ‘Where Do The Wild Things Go’…
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My Best Song Yet… In My Opinion…
Howdie! Yo! Hola!
I trust you’re doing well today.
I’m gonna go straight for the jugular… throw my eggs all in one basket… throw caution to the wind… I think Where Do The Wild Things Go is my best song from A Song A Week yet.
The overall sound and focus is exactly as I set out for it.
The mix and master sounds great.
The production is interesting and relevant.
The verse lyric and melody is interesting, the pre-chorus sets us up really well and the chorus is a catchy little bugger.
Where I’ve had songs I’ve done in this process that I’ve since listened to and thought ‘OK, maybe that’s only a 5 or 6 or 7 out of 10’ this one I’d put up there with Wanderlust or When You Come My Way and even songs not from the A Song A Week process like Feels Just Like It Should.
If this is coming across as any sort of big headedness, it’s really not! I think we have to know our best work and celebrate it.
After all, a huge reason I’m doing A Song A Week along with this blog and the podcast is to share everything I’m doing, good and not so good (I refuse to say bad… or shit!)
I think I could quite comfortably split my songs into 4 groups of 5 or 6 and say the best group, next best, next best and next best after that and I think it’s important to be able to do that.
Where Do The Wild Things Go would certainly be in that top group and I’m damned proud of it.
I even like the artwork to Where Do The Wild Things Go more than most (probably all actually) of the others so far.
Funny thing is that it’ll be someone else (maybe even yours!) least favourite one.
What a crazy and wonderful thing 🙂
Quit Praising Yourself
Alright, I’ll stop all that now.
Where Do The Wild Things Go was another one I came up with in the shower (like Tune In, Freak Out, Get Beaten) and I guess it came from listening to lots of Manchester based music that’s been kicking about since the horrific attacks at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester a little over 3 weeks ago now.
I’ve always been a massive fan of Elbow and this is certainly a tip of the hat to them and their peers.
I had a very specific sound in my head before I hit record on any song and the sort of mental preparation for any sort of production so much easier.
I used the word earlier, but focus is just a massive part of what I do as a producer and songwriter and knowing the vision myself or other artists I’m producing or mixing is key to a successful sound and overall song.
If I’m recording a band and the bassist has told me he wants it to sound like Red Hot Chilli Peppers, whilst the singer has said Adele and the drummer has said Blink 182 and the guitarist P Diddy, there’s zero focus and a million different ways to interpret that.
If the same band collectively come to me and say ‘we’re thinking Foo Fighters rhythm section meets Justin Bieber tops’ I’ll be a bit weirded out, but I’ll know so much better what to do in the production and mix.
The lyrics in the verse were kind of stream of consciousness and I really like them.
It’s a great way of writing sometimes.
Where Do The Wild Things Go for me is one I’m going to push, so please, if you haven’t done so yet, just take 2 seconds out your day to share this blog or the song on your social media or with a friend in an email or a work mate in conversation. Make sure you tag me in your posts too!
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Peace and happy music making.
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