I don’t think a lot of people understand the effort that goes into songwriting. There’s lyricism, putting those lyrics to a melody, putting that melody in a score, giving that score extra sound effects and beats at just the right moment for the effect you want, and all of those processes are time consuming and emotionally draining. You’ll spend hours combing through hundreds of songs you’ve written trashing 90% of your work just in the lyrical phase even if it’s good bc it’s not good enough and you’ll spend days making sure that melody is catchy but not annoying, conveys the emotions you’re trying to express, if you plan on singing it yourself you’ll make sure it’s in your range and compliments your voice, is it unique enough without being weird? Is it strong? Should it be strong? Could it be better? How can you make it better? Is this the best it can be or should I spend a couple more days working on it? And after that you have to write accompaniment. What instrument should you put it on? Can you add more instruments? Do you know anyone who can play some of these instruments while you perform/record/whatever you’re doing with it bc you can only play one thing at a time. What chords go with the melody? How can you make those chords more interesting to listen to? Is this really the best I can do? Could it use backup vocals? Who would back me up? Is that too much? Does it still convey the emotion you were going for? There’s a ton to think about. It’s an incredibly time consuming process and sometimes after going through all of it you still end up scrapping it. You don’t even know if any of your work will be seen. Ever. You then work insanely hard to find someone to record it for you (or save up money for your own equipment and find yourself a room and fix up that room to suit your needs, which also costs time and money) and hope and pray people like it if you ever get it out into the public eye. Bc after all the work you went through you still can’t make people listen you still can’t make people like it. Songwriters deserve more respect than being written off as lazy, privileged people who get payed way more than they deserve.
Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe photographed by Norman Seeff, 1969.
“We wanted, it seemed, what we already had, a lover and a friend to create with, side by side. To be loyal, yet be free.”- Patti Smith
In her memoir Just Kids, Patti Smith details her intense relationship with
Robert Mapplethorpe in which they struggle to become artists in New York City. They lived together at the Hotel Chelsea – home to numerous writers, musicians, actors and artists. Patti supported Robert by working in bookstores, he soon flourished as a photographer and encouraged her to pursue visual art. As a writer, Patti eventually turned her poems into songwriting. For the cover of her debut album, Horses (1975), Patti used a portrait Robert took. Once Robert came out as a gay man their intimate relationship ended but they remained friends until his death from HIV/AIDS in 1989.
Camila has officially gone and done it. Her very first number one hit, the third female artist to top the 2017 UK charts, the first ever Cuban American singer/songwriter to top the charts in the UK. She’s made history, broken records and stayed as grateful and humble as ever. This is what you call a superstar. Dreams come true kids, you’ve just got to believe in them.
Ernest Greene, better known by his stage name Washed Out, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. Washed Out’s style has been identified with the chillwave movement. He has said hip hop influences the way he writes songs.
Lana has great taste in music. I have a playlist of tracks and artists Lana has talked about in interviews, covered, referenced in her own music, and songs that have been in her Instagram clips. Feel free to share others I didn’t catch :)
Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces - The Jayhawks
You Get What You Give - New Radicals
Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton
The Other Woman - Nina Simone
Dolphin - Les Baxter
I’m Through With Love - Marilyn Monroe
Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
Born to Run - Beuce Springsteen
I’ll Never Be the Same - Ella Fitzgerald
Hotel California - Eagles
Space Oddity - David Bowie
Thank You - Led Zeppelin
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood - Nina Simone
Murder of Birds - Jesca Hoop
Babe I’m Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin
Chelsea Hotel #2 - Leonard Cohen
Summer Wine - Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
Some Things Last A Long Time - Daniel Johnston
The End of the World - Skeeter Davis
Tequila Sunrise - Eagles
L$D - A$AP Rocky
Lay Lady Lay - Bob Dylan
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Love Is to Die - Warpaint
Spark (feat. Anthony Jackson & Simon Phillips) - Hiromi
Hayley Nichole Williams (born December 27, 1988) is an American-born singer, songwriter, and CEO. She is the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and occasional keyboardist of genre-neutral band Paramore. Williams is also noted for being the CEO & co-creator of hair-dye brand goodDYEyoung.