Yes, this is like giving away my ideas, but they are composed specifically as “seeds” for new songs, with an eye toward using them in the future as rhythmic templates based on the rhythms of language.
“Back in the day” (less than a mere century ago, Tin Pan Alley songwriters would use titles as a springboard for song ideas. Usually, there would be a natural prosody in them, which would inspire a chorus section.
This is old-hat now--in almost the absolute sense of the phrase: Who would want to write in the same old-fashioned way as men and women would hats in their daily attire circa 1940? Lovers used to sing to each other in musicals and who does that? Opera is still largely esoteric and exclusive.
“Back in the day” sounds almost like “Yesterday” when you sing it, spoken on a downbeat. No one says Yes-TER-day, let alone sing it that way. (If you pronounce “back in the day” on an upbeat it begins to sound like “begin the day”). Written language and spoken language converted to text is a different animal. There are phonemes, oronymns, and Mondegreens that naturally emerge when words are strung together. Typed text, especially when communicating in short bursts, always remains somewhat ambiguous in its emotional tenor, and can sometimes sound coarse or blunt.
As we know, music can restore language when it has been affected by stroke, Alzheimer’s or head injury. It is evidence that the ancient hard-wiring in our brains naturally connects music with language. Machines are completely changing that, at least superficially. I think this has interesting implications for music. Perhaps this will make speech more prosodic. Prosody adds another layer of information from inflection, and will make all languages tone languages.
Audio files for the musical examples can be accessed here
Most of these are extremely simple; Pop music never required complexity.
If you would like to contribute an original chorus idea or contribute to any of any of the ideas in this book contact me.
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