Raising a Song to Musical Maturity

“From the point of ignition to the final drive, the point of the journey is not to arrive…anything can happen.” {Neil Peart-Prime Mover-1987}

So it is with the writing of a song.


When writing a song, or that which is the conception, birth, and maturity of a melodic lyrical thought, I get frustrated sometimes when dealing with my songwriting partner because it just never seems to be complete. It seems that we are in a constant state of flux, locked within the forever process of writing. Through revision after revision, and countless recordings, the lyrically melodic creation seems to continue to take on a life of its own. We see this overt manifestation through the blunt reminders and subtle nuances in our everyday lives, in that we are reminded of that once current situation that first sparked the initial conception of a lyric or melody, and in that reflection we come to realize that what reminded us of it applies at the moment in a way that was unseen when it was originally written. At its conception the lyric or song reflected a completely different set of circumstances and/or situations, and through passing frames of time it has been born into it’s fruition, most times, more often than not, this growth is different from the original intent or meaning. Hind sight is always 20/20.


The passage of time from conception to birth, plays itself out in many intervals of time, it is formulated in some circumstances over a few years, or maybe it may present itself over days or weeks, and at other intervals, it may be as short as a few hours, or as long as decades, but the truth of its original premise remains only when its essence continues to house the seed of its original creation and when the very element that was there from the conception, is now born, and has begun to mature; we, that is the writer/or/writers, {as the case may be}, are in the end as parents, educating and critiquing our musical children. So let us presume that on the one hand you have an idea, either a melodic or lyrical thought, on the other, the equipment to bring it to its true potential, if this be the case, now you can take your time, you don’t have to rush for the completion of a single album. You are the Director, Producer, and Engineer, as well as the Artist. You can openly nurture the creation and help in its development, but understand, it will show its truest form only through revelation, bringing you into its realm where it will find its avenue and therefore withstand the test of time. You may originate it as a song to fit the Rock music genre and after a time it may find its niche in the Country music genre. {We will cover this fact further a little later on in the article}.

With today’s modern recording equipment it is completely possible to develop a song in this manner. An artist needs nothing more than a computer with at least 1 gig of ram, recording software, a recording soundcard, a preamp, a decent condenser microphone, an auxiliary output device, headphones, and musical instruments to record his or her musical compositions. With an investment of under $1,000.00, you can write and record songs at your own pace without the investment hassles of traveling to and from the studio. Let us now, for the sake of hypothetical argument, assume that most of you who are reading this article are, at the very least, somewhat established in the intricate patterns and theories of the muse known as music so most of the a-fore mentioned gear is more than likely at your immediate disposal. {My song writing partner and I are using an old LLOYD’S AM/FM-8-Track Receiver as our Auxiliary output device, along with a decent set of quality stereo speakers}. That being said, it is also understandable that some, who may be reading this article, are perhaps, searching for a way to tap into the hidden strengths that all humans have, and no accidental overdose of gamma radiation need be applied, {Thank You Stan Lee}.

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