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You Listen and You Learn

Since I have been focusing on sharpening my skills as a Songwriter, (which has completely overtaken my desire to be a ‘guitarist’) I decided to put the Beatles Revolver album in my car today. Which crazily enough, is the first time I’ve given the Beatles a good listen since my insatiable desire to better myself as a composer. So after listening to the album several times, I noticed how immediate Lennon/McCartney were in establishing a great melodic hook early on. It’s hard to find a Beatle song that doesn’t get your attention within 10 seconds. And what’s even more remarkable and interesting about this, is that almost every ‘Revolver’ song uses the VERSE as the main melodic hook. 

Most typical music and typical (good) music of today, uses the chorus as the focal point to get you interested. Which is the formula I have geared my brain to song write. Not that the verse should be unimportant or dull, but it’s usually the chorus that has that climactic release. Well the Beatles didn’t care to wait that long. 

This song I have attached ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’ (which we all know) grabs your attention immediately and uses the first line of the verse to do this. To establish a brilliant melody. This is the melody we sing. Over and over again. The ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’ is a statement at the end, which cements the title of the song - but not the lyrics of the melody that we associate with this song. 

I find something as little as that very interesting. Because if someone said to me or most other contemporary writers, “I want you to use ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’ for a song title”, I’m sure 9/10 people would wait till the chorus to sing something worth remembering. And only thinking of that line as the ‘hook’. That’s what’s so great. Lennon and McCartney didn’t think like that. The hook came immediately. 

I’m gonna go try this….


Excitement for most - Relief for me

This last week ( to a certain few ) and next week, will be the promotion and release of my EP entitled “Feel the Knife”. It’s exciting for my family, my girlfriend & friends - but for me, more than excitement, it’s a relief. 

Maybe that’s common for recording artists. There is so much backstage work that the music can become a chore. You become a manager and forget to be a songwriter for a while. Well thankfully all that is over. My first body of work is ‘out there’. And that’s all I want. I don’t need to sell x amount of copies. Would selling albums be nice? Of course! It’s a wonderful feeling when you know someone appreciates your art. And I hope people do appreciate the “Feel the Knife : EP”. I’m just here to say I feel completely free again and working hard on new material that I am very excited about.

You live and you learn and the process of making my first EP has given me more to draw from in all aspects. Songwriting, voice, production and most importantly the understanding of what is needed at what is not. Simplicity is not to be underestimated. I have a stronger vision than ever before for my next record and if every album I make sharpens my composing, then I’ll welcome the ‘backstage’ work all day long. It’s a small price to pay. 

So I am going to close the shutters, turn off the mobile, sharpen the pencil & tune the strings for the weekend….all in hope that something beautiful comes from this. Something beautiful to share with you guys. 

Best, TjB (launching June 26th)