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Friday, March 23, 2018

#Songwriting: Love Song - Tips

Through this work Zatarain and Gottehrer aim to kick-start a dialogue about female empowerment through music. Highlighting the bonds of friendship, sisterhood and the power of love between women, the result is a collection of utterly breathtaking tracks that you want to listen to over and over.

“It’s modern love and modern music for modern times,” says Zatarain. Gottehrer adds, “These classic songs are more than mere ‘covers.’ In a sense they are born again with new feeling and meaning as interpreted by these talented female vocalists.”.



Tristen: “Allison heard my cover of Peaceful Easy Feeling, where I kept the pronouns the same, so it would be me, a woman, singing to another woman. She thought this would be a great fit for her project and so I contributed this song to Instant Love.

E: “From my perspective, music, songs and artists have always been a major source of empowerment, inspiration and healing to those seeking support for their identities and communities. But the music industry has done a lot to limit the types of artists who have opportunities how artists represent themselves, how we talk about sexuality, etc. Luckily, songs that really mean something to people often have a way of getting heard, especially now with social media.”.

T: “The music we hear is written by men, and that women writers are at a numerical disadvantage. We also know that most of the characters portrayed in fiction are mostly men, so there are less female characters being written, and from the Bechdel test, we know that only about half female characters are named, and speak to another woman about something other than a man. It’s clear that women see very little representations of their own complexity from their own perspective in art. So it makes sense that there are very few songs written to women, by women. It feels like an untold story, woman-to-woman love – sexual or platonic. I’m interested in telling untold stories.”.

E: “Richard and Allison and I picked the song (Colours) together. I thought it would be interesting because I don’t play guitar, so figuring out a different instrumentation, and also because I wanted something that would fit well with my voice which is on the softer side. And we all love the song, it’s beautiful and poetic.”.

T: “On Valentine’s day, I sometimes take requests from fans for covers. Someone requested Peaceful Easy Feeling by the Eagles and immediately I flashed back to my dad playing this song for my mom in my childhood. I would sing the high harmony with him. You can hear that on the recording. I always love when women cover songs remembered as being sung by men. I also see no need to change the pronouns. When you hear this song come through your speakers, I sing as a man to a woman, or a woman to a woman, or I can be something in between. It’s up to you.”.

H: “I think we are in a really unique time in our lives where the question and definition of gender and what that means is being talked about across the board. I don’t think it’s the first time, as we know Native Americans had five genders, but I think it’s unique in our lives. I see evolution like a slinky laid out flat; we are taking two steps forward as we take one back. By which I mean, maybe this is the step forward after that giant one back we took. I am happy to do whatever I can to bring about change in thinking! So saying, ‘I’m your man, I’ll do anything you ask me to,’ isn’t so much about gender as it about showing up and being the person your partner needs in that moment.”.

T: “Instant Love made me realise the importance of degenderising the hetero-normative nature of mainstream music to fill in the missing gaps. We need love songs from women to women because this love exists in all cultures. Why should we omit parts of our existence? It feels like disruption, but in reality, it is just the idea that art should represent life, in all of its complexity. Artists should be focused on telling stories from our culture that are intentionally marginalised, but omnipresent.”.

We have that storytelling history in country and bluegrass and old time and folk music, blues - all those things that combine to make up the genre. It was probably storytelling before it was songwriting, as far as country music is concerned. It's fun to be a part of that and tip the hat to that. You know, and keep that tradition alive. Chris Stapleton Country, Storytelling, Alive.

We have that storytelling history in country and bluegrass and old time and folk music, blues - all those things that combine to make up the genre. It was probably storytelling before it was songwriting, as far as country music is concerned. It's fun to be a part of that and tip the hat to that. You know, and keep that tradition alive.

You wind up creating from silence, like painting a picture on a blank canvas that could bring tears to somebody's eyes. As songwriters, our blank canvas is silence. Then we write a song from an idea that can change somebody's life. Songwriting is the closest thing to magic that we could ever experience. That's why I love songwriting. Rodney Atkins Love, Magic, Blank.

You wind up creating from silence, like painting a picture on a blank canvas that could bring tears to somebody's eyes. As songwriters, our blank canvas is silence. Then we write a song from an idea that can change somebody's life. Songwriting is the closest thing to magic that we could ever experience. That's why I love songwriting.

I've never thought about songwriting as a weapon. I've only thought about it as a way to help me get through love and loss and sadness and loneliness and growing up. Taylor Swift Love, Thought, Through.

For a songwriter, you don't really go to songwriting school; you learn by listening to tunes. And you try to understand them and take them apart and see what they're made of, and wonder if you can make one, too. Tom Waits Listening, Learn, Tunes.

For a songwriter, you don't really go to songwriting school; you learn by listening to tunes. And you try to understand them and take them apart and see what they're made of, and wonder if you can make one, too.

There's this existential argument that comes in, at some point, when you're over-thinking the songwriting process. There's no guarantee that the more time you spend or the more you concentrate on certain aspects that that's going to produce a better result, especially in the arts. Chris Cornell Argument, Some, Aspects.

There's this existential argument that comes in, at some point, when you're over-thinking the songwriting process. There's no guarantee that the more time you spend or the more you concentrate on certain aspects that that's going to produce a better result, especially in the arts.

Songwriting is like editing. You write down all this stuff - all this bad, stupid stuff - and then you have to get rid of everything except the very best. Juliana Hatfield Stupid, Bad, Very.

Everything in life influences my music. I've always used songwriting as a means to share what I think is profound. Jason Mraz Think, Always, Means.

I consider music to be storytelling, melody and rhythm. A lot of hip-hop has broken music down. There are no instruments and no songwriting. So you're left with just storytelling and rhythm. And the storytelling can be so braggadocious, you're just left with rhythm. Jack White Broken, Storytelling, Rhythm.

I consider music to be storytelling, melody and rhythm. A lot of hip-hop has broken music down. There are no instruments and no songwriting. So you're left with just storytelling and rhythm. And the storytelling can be so braggadocious, you're just left with rhythm.

When I was 18, I took a trip to Thailand with a friend. We stayed for a month. Bangkok was very raw for a teenager: there were no cellphones, no Internet, and the only music I had with me was this cassette by Liz Phair. I was writing a lot of poetry, and she embodied a talky style of songwriting that I found very accessible. Jenny Lewis Very, Had, Accessible.

When I was 18, I took a trip to Thailand with a friend. We stayed for a month. Bangkok was very raw for a teenager: there were no cellphones, no Internet, and the only music I had with me was this cassette by Liz Phair. I was writing a lot of poetry, and she embodied a talky style of songwriting that I found very accessible.

From the beginning, my songwriting was from writing in a journal; it was completely unfiltered. I don't know if I really meant to show everyone this side of me, but when I saw how people resonated to the things I was saying, some of the questions I was asking, I realized I was not alone. Tyler Joseph Beginning, Asking, Some.

From the beginning, my songwriting was from writing in a journal; it was completely unfiltered. I don't know if I really meant to show everyone this side of me, but when I saw how people resonated to the things I was saying, some of the questions I was asking, I realized I was not alone.

The music is in the lead here, and a large part of this, I have no idea what I'm doing. I feel a closer bond with the craft of songwriting, stronger than I ever have. Ben Harper Doing, Here, Large.

The music is in the lead here, and a large part of this, I have no idea what I'm doing. I feel a closer bond with the craft of songwriting, stronger than I ever have.

The idea of songwriting is a transformative thing, and what I do with songwriting is take situations that are quite ordinary and transform them in some way. Apart from things like the murder ballads, the songs I write, at their core, are quite ordinary human concerns, but the process of writing about them transforms them into something else. Nick Cave Idea, Some, I Write.

The idea of songwriting is a transformative thing, and what I do with songwriting is take situations that are quite ordinary and transform them in some way. Apart from things like the murder ballads, the songs I write, at their core, are quite ordinary human concerns, but the process of writing about them transforms them into something else.

Songwriting is a mysterious art. When I sit down to write a song, the end result should be mysterious and have this dark quality. Martin Gore Art, Song, Down.

One of the big songwriting things for me has always been: always think what you do sucks. Because the second you stop believing that, you suck. And that's a fact. Julian Casablancas Think, Always, Big.

But my strength was in singing and songwriting, which was a new discovery for me when I was 18. And I decided if I pursued songwriting, which is what was closest to my heart, then there would be no competition. I would just live my life being myself and living my dream. Jason Mraz Strength, My Life.

But my strength was in singing and songwriting, which was a new discovery for me when I was 18. And I decided if I pursued songwriting, which is what was closest to my heart, then there would be no competition. I would just live my life being myself and living my dream.

The whole point of music is being able to share your story. I've been songwriting for a long time, usually while on the road, as a way to get my feelings out. Camila Cabello Being, Been, Whole.

The whole point of music is being able to share your story. I've been songwriting for a long time, usually while on the road, as a way to get my feelings out.

My strength was in singing and songwriting, which was a new discovery for me when I was 18. And I decided if I pursued songwriting, which is what was closest to my heart, then there would be no competition. I would just live my life being myself and living my dream. Jason Mraz Strength, My Life.

My strength was in singing and songwriting, which was a new discovery for me when I was 18. And I decided if I pursued songwriting, which is what was closest to my heart, then there would be no competition. I would just live my life being myself and living my dream.

Reference

6 Figure Songwriting | Cathy Heller: Do What You Love. (2018). Retrieved on March 21, 2018, from http://6-figure-songwriting.teachable.com/.

Interview: Instant Love | Songwriting Magazine. (2018). Retrieved on March 21, 2018, from https://www.songwritingmagazine.co.uk/interviews/interview-instant-love/40778.

Songwriting Quotes. (2018). Retrieved on March 21, 2018, from https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/songwriting.

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