Rhythm is SOOOO important when it comes to songwriting. Learning that backbeat and learning how to count to 4 is the most fundamental and important a musician needs to learn. All of pop music follows that 4/4 pulse. Take this Avicii and start counting 1 2 3 4.
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Song Analysis – Jay Z – “Holy Grail” ft. Justin Timberlake
Writers – Justin Timberlake, Shawn Carter, Terius “The Dream” Nash, Timothy Mosley, Jerome Harmon, Ernest Wilson, Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic
Producer – The Dream, Timbaland, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, No I.D.
But I still don’t know why, why I love it so much.
This song is a great example of a lot of really effective rhythmic contrasts while still keeping a melodic hook, both vocally and instrumentally, that keeps your interest throughout the whole song.
The most obvious and effective hook is Justin’s Chorus where he sings
And baby, it’s amazing Im in this maze with you
I just can’t crack your code
One day you screaming me love you loud
The next day you’re so cold
One day you’re heree, one day you’re there
one day you care
You’re so unfair, sipping from your cup til it runneth over Holy Grail
Right from the beginning, it just grabs you and forces you to listen to the rest of what the song is about. And what is the song about?
Song Analysis – Katy Perry “Roar”
written by Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie Mckee, Henry Walter
produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut
You gotta give Katy Perry props for having a large diversity in sound throughout her songs. They all retain a sense of sugary pop but the texture and feeling in each one is very individualized.
This new single represents a Phoenix like rebirth, complete with teasers that show her literally burning her old personality. AWESOMENESS!!!! Trailers like these excite me as an artist challenging themselves to something new.
The theme of the song is very “Im not gonna take this anymore and you goddamn right. Im gonna do something about it.” Kinda like Katy’s version of the Twisted Sister hit, “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
“My mama told me go to school, get your doctorate
But still supported me when I did the opposite”
-Kanye West, “Hey Mama” Late Registration
I have so much respect for Kanye.
I know he’s a very polarizing figure, but that’s what great art is ! Art that truly means something is suppose to make us feel, think and want to react to it.
Great art changes everything.
And art can only be great when it is tempered by unwavering persistence and a strong support system.
When it comes to writing hooks, usually the simplest is the most effective way to connect with your audience. Take Bruno Mar’s latest #1 hit, When I Was Your Man. The song is about….well….. when he was the boyfriend of some girl. Plain and simple. Verse 1 focuses on him realizing what he did and Verse 2 focuses what he did wrong. All leading back to the central emotion of regret. We’ve all been there!!
Take a song you’ve written and be able to explain what it’s about one word !
What This Book Is About
When you choose to be an artist, It feels like that there are a million obstacles that get in your way. You have people telling you can’t do it. You have bills that need to get paid. There’s never enough time in the day. It feels like everything is trying to stop you. What sucks is the worst of these obstacles is the one living in your head.
Luckily, we have Steven Pressfield, who helps us identify what this force working against us is, and also tells us how to beat it. This mysterious energy standing in our way is called Resistance. And the only way to beat is to do what we love and need to do.
How It Helped Me
I’ve read a million self help books. And for some reason, the wording in The War Of Art is just so relatable and inspiring. I love how he says you need to treat your creative output like a job because that’s the only way to sit down and get the work done. Rappers call it “The Grind” and it’s pretty much athletes just spending time in the gym. That’s it, simple as that.
Before I read this book, whenever I felt lazy, I would always question my passion for making songs and wonder if it’s for me. But afterwards, I realized that everyone goes through it and that working through those “tired” days is the only way to keep going. Same with shows and doing open mics. Im always scared shitless before I go on stage, but I realized that is just Resistance rearing it’s ugly head again.
It also helped me realize the difference between thinking an activity is helping me or if an activity is actually helping me. I would spend A LOT of time watching tv and movies, or playing videogames, thinking it’s inspiring me. Instead of actually working on music. Now I realize I need to sit down on a table and write lyrics or get on my computer and just start making beats.
Definitely one of the greatest books ever when it comes to reminding artists to do what needs to be done.
As Im writing this the Eminem and Royce Da 5’9 and Bruno Mars “Lighters” Song is playing. How fitting.
“The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome. He knows there is no such thing as a fearless warrior or a dread-free artist.”
so how many hours a day do you spend on your passion ?