A few years back I had a Springer Spaniel, rest her little soul, she was a great songwritin’ pal.
With her lying at the door of my office as usual, I’d been writing away at a song for hours.
I played it over and over and over and over and over and over…
She didn’t move a stitch.
I stopped a second and thought, “Man, that dog’s ears must be half bleeding from boredom with me hammering on this tune like this.”
I wondered if she was even breathing… maybe I killed her by way of song boredom.
It also made me think how we could do same to our listeners if we don’t change our wicked little writing ways.
Sometimes listeners are too polite to say anything, they just tune you out.
Or, if you gig out and keep running similar songs or similar grooves, they’ll yak the table so loud to drown you out.
You’re in the way of their conversation.
What you want to happen is to hold them speechless at the tables. Can’t let them even start talking amongst themselves if possible. To do that, you need some good writin’ and variety, get out of a groove, melody, or phrasing habit you might say is style. It’s not. Only you think that. Listeners don’t.
I show you one way of mixing things up in April’s TuneBooster. Have you lookin’ at a few tunes, and comparing notes… yours against the artist.
March has a way of mixing things up a bit with some rhyme pattern explorations.
March’s coming down tomorrow by day’s end.
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