Things are gearing up towards going off to University now. I'm pretty nervous actually. I'll miss the Island and the people on it so much. I'm very much a home-bod and I don't like to be away for any long stretch of time. For me, a month is a long stretch. Anyway, I'm sure I'll be fine. It's not like all ties will be cut or anything. I have technology to help me out there. I've also cyber-met some people from the course, and they seem nice, so that's all good.
I've been thinking a lot about lyrics recently. - About the rhythm that they make, the different sounds and emotions that they generate. I think a big part of why I love singing so much is actually about how the words feel when they come out of your mouth. Ok, that might sound a bit weird, but it's true. Sometimes I listen to a song, and there's a certain line or phrase that just clicks with me, so I do a cover, just so I can have a go at singing those lines. I think that's part of the reason that I love Suzanne Vega's songs. They're very lyrically focussed. The lyrics are very clever, imaginative and make you think. I was just going to try to pick out an example from one of her songs, but there are too many parts in too many of her songs that I love. Instead I'll leave you with a little selection of some of my favourites of hers...
In Liverpool, Blood Makes Noise, Gypsy.
When I write songs I now think more about how the words sound, rather than making the meaning concise. The meaning behind the words is still very important to me, but sometimes it's nice to let the mind wander. In the more ambiguous songs it's like you're giving a kind of framework to the listener and they build their own unique story around it. As a listener I find that very freeing. And inspiring. An ambiguous song holds a variety of different meanings, whereas a concise one is limited.
I've recently written a song which doesn't really 'end'. It's not a never-ending song, but there's no conclusion. It kind of makes you feel uncomfortable and I wonder to myself how it will go down at performances. Whether people will be intrigued and talk to me about it...or think...well that's a bit annoying! - However - the subject of the song is waiting and waiting for something...and when the time that she's waiting for arrives...nothing really happens. - So it kind of fits in with the mood of the song.
When you write from inside you, you are writing your direct thoughts, and thoughts are continuous. They don't end - you always continue to wonder...
I would post the song, but I've currently got a really annoying cold. :( I've had to cancel a gig because of it. Grrr...
I'm performing at Bestival next weekend and the fancy dress theme this year is 'fantasy'. I have no idea what I'm going to go as. There are the normal fantasy kind of things like fairies and stuff, but I normally like to go for something a bit different. I might take 'fantasy' in the more abstract sense of the word. Imagination rather than fairytale.
Anyway, I'd better go now.
Speak soon. :)