DAY ONE-HUNDRED AND THIRTY-SIX
Pearl and the Beard is on the road, again! We played our show in Providence tonight and got back to where we are staying, and Jocelyn and I worked on a song for my sick late face today…
I have been listening to come songwriters who write songs with very intelligent but “direct” and to the point text. I have tried a direct word song before, but I still feel like I compromised the exercise by going back and redoing it and hiding some of the true meaning in it.
In this exercise, Jocelyn and I wrote just a few lines a piece. I handed my lyrics to her and she gave hers to me, and we each formed a quickly melody based on each others’ words. These were both done in less than 3 minutes a piece, I’d say. In my version of Joc’s words, I was hearing different chords on the uke than I could play and since I don’t actually know all the chords on the uke, I had to guess. This is a good incentive to learn this instrument.
This was a really helpful exercise. There will be more of these. This kind of thing also helps relax us and eases us into the writing process together. Even though Joc and I love each other and respect each other immensely as musicians, writing openly in front of one another can still be a challenge because of a little insecurity here and there. This is a good thing to test and try to rid oneself of, I say.
The lyrics you see below are just how they appeared on our pages when we traded them with each other. We took the exact amount of time on them: between 30 seconds and a minute. We spent only a few minutes alone devising a strategy for melody and structure.