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Group for any songwriters, lyric scribblers, tunesmiths, wouldbe collaborators and literate warblers to share, criticise, challenge and discuss songwriting.

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Using samples - stealing, paying tribute or standing on the shoulders of giants?

Started by Steve Wharton. Last reply by Steve Wharton May 5. 3 Replies

I recently got challenged to come up with a song using Grieg's Hall of the Mountain King somewhere in the bassline. Below are the lyrics and I'll post a clip once recorded. What does anyone think about samples or borrowing lines from other songs? Is…Continue

Links to songwriting articles and more...

Started by Steve Wharton. Last reply by Steve Wharton Dec 5, 2013. 1 Reply

Links to a variety of articles on music theory, song structure, lyrics, etc... I've also attached some articles below.http://www.musesmuse.com/res-beginners.html…Continue

Chord charts and more...

Started by Steve Wharton. Last reply by Steve Wharton Mar 12. 1 Reply

Here's a bunch of printable chord charts for guitar, ukulele and mandolin:…Continue

Stuck on lyrics - any helpers?

Started by Steve Wharton. Last reply by Steve Wharton May 5. 1 Reply

I've got a set of lyrics but have ground to a halt and not particularly happy with 2nd verse I had. Anybody want to add, subtract or comment?V1 Travelling light with a heavy heart Longhaulled and jetlagged again How many worlds can one man live…Continue

How to find Xpats Bar

Started by Steve Wharton Nov 9, 2013. 0 Replies

Take the green line to Conference & Exhibition Centre (where the line crosses with the red line). Come out of exit B, turn immediately left then right and right again into a covered walkway. You’ll pass a Spaghetti House on your left, keep…Continue

Free Online Writing Course

Started by Amanda Roberts-Anderson Nov 6, 2013. 0 Replies

MOOCs (massive online open courses) are taking over internet-based learning. One of the newest MOOC platforms is offering a free course on the Future of Storytelling. Thousands of people are taking the course. It has already started, but there is…Continue

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Comment by Steve Wharton on June 3, 2014 at 12:02

Comment by Steve Wharton on May 5, 2014 at 10:07

have got a few recordings done at home - this one might strike a few chords with any expats, travellers and inquisitive souls:

https://soundcloud.com/stevewharton/long-way-home

Comment by Lila Jose-Baquet on December 12, 2013 at 11:18

Hi Steve! Sorry to miss the last workshop. But here's what I've written based on the previous one. So if you remember I just had one line - what brought you here? - And you asked to pick up three books from the Expats shelf (I got Lonely Planet Africa, Demons & Angels and A Clash of Kings). Lines from random book pages which Rachel and Sessi read all came together and worked out fine. Any help comment on the lyrics / melody would be much appreciated. Lyrics here, and rough recording here https://soundcloud.com/lilajose/whatbroughtyouhere

See you guys next month!

Late afternoon someplace

He’s looking to escape

Jacket over shoulder

Heads out of there

 

Folks at crossing points

They don’t disappoint

They’ll take you in

No matter where you’ve been

 

Am-G-Em-F

What brought you here?

Did you follow the stars?

What brought you here?
Did you follow your heart?

 

What brought you here?

Are you looking for

a brand new start

 

Am-F-G

His legs feel like lead

This waste has no end

Listen up my friend

Quit while you’re ahead

 

Am-G-Em-F

What brought you here?

Did you follow the stars?

What brought you here?
Did you follow your heart?

 

What brought you here?

Did you follow the stars?

Are you looking for

a brand new start

 

F- G

Chased by fear

Bound by love

What brought you here?

Was it the stars above?

 

Did you find your brand new start?

Comment by Steve Wharton on December 4, 2013 at 10:07

Songwriting Surgery coming up THIS Sunday, 3-5pm. I will try to give everyone 15 minutes 1-on-1 to help with lyrics, melody or chords. You can email these to me in advance if you like.

Comment by Steve Wharton on November 12, 2013 at 19:30

Thanks to everyone for coming along to the songwriting surgery. I think we've got some good songs started. Send me a message any time for help or if you want a chord sequence recording to sing along to.

There's a good Q&A about songwriting with Kieth Urban on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKpK-YyoEsQ

Comment by Lila Jose-Baquet on November 7, 2013 at 13:09

hi everybody, i tried to come up with a few lines for the circus/hot weather theme..see you at the next "surgery"

the audience gasps as the acrobats
perform their death-defying stunts
from one trapeze to another
cheers erupt, there's no disaster

Comment by Dram on October 30, 2013 at 7:50

Word stores for the first session:

Circus: lions, clowns, big top, tent, pop corn, monkey, elephants, trapeze, acrobat, audience, children crying, ringmaster (rhymes: blaster, caster, disaster, faster)

Hot Weather: sticky, humid, summer, sweat, ice, drinks, cocktail, shining, sun, swimming, 

Comment by Lila Jose-Baquet on October 29, 2013 at 22:53

Circus/hot weather song is looking good! Do we have a scanned copy of that sheet of word stores and rhymes from the first session? I have forgotten what we came up with.

Comment by Lila Jose-Baquet on October 29, 2013 at 22:43

Cool idea! Looking forward to the next surgery.

Comment by Steve Wharton on October 29, 2013 at 17:16

Experimented with a process of random songwriting today. Here are the screengrabs I randomly went to on youtube and from a route between Dallas and Sanford. Words are there too along with the random numbers I used for chords and picking a melody line. I'll it at the next surgery on 10th November. Total writing time: 2 hours.

how%20does%20it%20compare.txt 

 

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