The passion for your poison

Everything in the world has it's nerds even songwriting. If you don't belive me keep reading because I'm about to talk songwriting theory. Some of which is very accurate and some that will spark debate with other songwriter nerds. 

Further down you hear a song I wrote a song with a Stable Verse created by stacking two unstable sections. The unstable sections have a rhyme scheme of AAB AAB. Here is an example of what I mean.

A - Mellow
A - Fellow
B - Hi

A - Jell-o
A - Cello
B - Bye 

The balance comes from the rhyme of Hi and Bye. 

The Chorus is unstable because the rhyme scheme is AAXX. It just kind of ends with a cliff hanger because there is no resolution in the rhyme. In the below example we just end with a horse and a cat. Your brain seeks stability and resolution so will want you to continue to a nice resolution somewhere else in the song. 

A - Hello
A - Fellow
X - Horse
X - Cat 

Warning: Deep Nerdistry ahead

In this song I used both Perfect and Family rhyme along with similar line lengths to create a sense of stability in the verse. While the chorus on the otherhand is all different line lengths using assonance and consonance rhyme to create it's instability. 

Verse

Where did my mind go? 
Where did my time go?
I think you took them with you.
Why did my life go? 
Why did my wife go?
I think I'll blame that on you.

Chorus

The passion for your poison lives deep within me
It's nothing that I want
But everything that I need
I wish you were something I could quit
But I can't.

And so concludes me nerding out over songwriting. If you disagree with anything I wrote feel free to do it in the comments. 

 

Girl All Alone - the song project that took 15 years.

I've previously written about Girl All Alone but that was three years ago when I only one reader1.

The song is about a girl who keeps all her dreams in a jar so I thought it would be cool to have a group of artists create Dream Jars. I didn't exactly know what that would mean but I think they turned out fantastic. Once all the jars were done I booked a studio and my dad and I did our best impression of studio photographers to get all the shots. I'd love to hear what you think if you'd like to leave a comment at my Facebook page.

It's been a long journey to get to this point. I wrote the song in the mid '90s. I've performed many times over the years at shows. I did a blog post 3 years ago with the simple demo. I recorded it for my Born To The World EP in 2010. I did the jar project in 2012. Next I'm going to create a book using the jars. You can keep up with the progress of this, and other, projects by signing up for my monthly newsletter on the right -->

Even though it's taken 15 years to get this song and its story to this point I'm glad I've completed this. Small steps lead to big things. Just because it may take a while dosen't mean it's not worth doing. In fact, the fact that it'll require time may just mean it's the worthwhile thing to do. 

Some of the artits said they'd like to do another jar so I think I'll do another series of Dream Jars. If you're interested in joining us get in touch and I'll let you know the details when it happens.

1 I've easily doubled that by now and I love every single both of you. 

I sing other peoples' songs sometimes too.

I feel like I've been sharing a lot of semi-motivational stuff lately so I thought I would just share music this week.

Me and a friend of mine, Stu, did some covers and we shared them on Youtube. On my Facebook page I did a vote where I asked what song I should cover and the winner was One Headlight by The Wallflowers. It's an interesting song because it feels like he wrote it as a poem first then wrote music to it after. There are fair amount of extra words that I, as a songwriter, would have chopped mercilessly.

 

Next up is Norwegian Wood by The Beatles. While we were doing One Headlight we decided to just do this one for fun. I always liked this song because the guy burns all the girls furniture after she leads him on for the evening. 

 

Well, that's it for this week. I hope you enjoy the songs. If you have a song you'd like Stu and I to cover let me know via twitter, facebook or in the comments below.