I Disappeared for A While
Long time no see. I've disappeared for a while-- I know, how terrible of me. In my absence, I've grown and changed and learned a lot about songwriting and life in general.
Why'd I disappear? I promise you I had my reasons, but I'm not comfortable sharing them yet. Basically it boils down to personal issues with how much I was sharing and who could read it, but since I can't really resolve that I need to just do better to be careful what I do share.
I'm back, though, with a vengeance. I'm hoping to start posting covers again, and sharing my own music. And, of course, blogging. Though, not as much as I used to and more music related content.
What do you want to see? Let me know :)
So the first book I read in 2018? I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo. I had some thoughts on it so I immediately sat down to write this review. Of course, you're reading this quite a bit later but, you know, pre-writing blog posts and all that. I had lots of thoughts on this book so let's jump right in!
*please note there are spoilers at the bottom!*
Desi is good at most things: soccer, school, balancing extracurriculars. She's going to be a doctor when she grows up, and she's going to go Standford like her late mother. But the one thing she's worst at? Love. Her friends even have a word for when she messes up: flailure (flirt + failure). But when super hot Luca moves to town, she's determined to make him fall for her (despite a disastrous first encounter). She develops a plan: she'll use the formula that her father's beloved K dramas follow to make him fall for him.
This was my first semester taking songwriting classes at Berklee and I have been LOVING IT. For reference, I'm taking two different songwriting courses but I'm taking them both with the same teacher.
Overall, I'm really enjoying the classes. The thing is, I don't completely agree with my teacher. A lot of what he says are the guidelines for songwriting I just think are a little too simplistic. He says verses are sense-description based, so when I turned in what I thought of as a verse he said it was a chorus because it did more summarizing. I disagree with him and his examples on their own don't even match up with what he's saying. He likes to reference "Blowing int he Wind" but the verses of that song aren't based on description.
The other thing is I don't think anyone puts so much intention behind every single decision they make. I don't pick chords to match the feel I want, I just instinctively write. And I don't think about using non-chord tones at particular places, I just do what comes naturally to me because I've been writing for so long now.
I went into this class aware that I would know a lot of what he was saying, so I tried to see it more as a way to focus on the smaller details but I just think it's a bit much to put so much thought into every little thing. I don't think it improves my songs and I think it makes the songs sound less natural.
I don't know. I really like my teacher I just don't think that his way is the way I'll ever write, so I guess next semester I'll switch teachers. All that being said, he's clearly knowledgable and good at what he does. His style is just not for me! I'm still learning, I just can't use the skills as well as others probably can.
Here you can find updates on what's going down and what's going on in my brain :)
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