I usually create musical soundscapes as a whole. What I mean is I will make a piece of music that describes something specific. In Music to Journal by, I took each step of the art journaling process and made music that reflected those steps. Likewise, when I write songs the lyrics and music relate to an overall theme. The emotions portrayed shape and form the sound. Form follows function, to borrow a design paradigm.
I am currently working on a song that requires me to take this one step further. I have an overall sound and feel for the song. The lyrics are almost complete and they follow a form of contradiction. Each line refers to how the singer feels differently from the character being sung to. As such I am creating tiny musical motifs that relate to each of these lines. But these motifs are barely a bar long and have to act as a non-invasive counterpoint to the main melody. I want them to be an almost unnoticed itch amidst the song.
I’m not sure if it will work. I might need to remove the ideas as the recording progresses. However, I am giving it a go, taking a step into the unknown and challenging my creative ability. It would be easy to keep things simple and leave these motifs out, but using them and attempting to use them feels right. When the creative flow catches you it is best to ride along with it. The journey may not be smooth but the experience is priceless.
Oh, and I’ll share the music soon…
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