music makes people better  

I recently had a conversation with someone who commented on my writing style saying how she loved that I get to the chorus quickly in my music.

I thought about this because I was listening to a song that had this beautiful intro until the song kicked in and I thought to myself, "I loved that intro, and I loved that song, but I am not sure how they belong together."

For me, it is important that my songs feel intentional and that you don't have to wait to hear what I am talking about. Everyone has their own style that I admire and respect but for the type of songwriting she is referring to, that is why I do it. 

I was reading an article that Sia wrote about songwriting and she said that a lot of popular songs have some kind of conflict or statement in the verse and the chorus almost always has an empowering message like in an "I can do this" way. When I read this I thought, "YES, EXACTLY." 

What brings people together are similarities.

When we connect to something, it has meaning to us. When it has meaning to us, it has VALUE to us, and when it has value to us, we HOLD ON TO IT. We like it. 

So my idea/hope is that when I write a song with words that are intentional and have meaning and can be of some kind of value to another person, they can feel understood, empowered, human. 

When I hear a song I connect to I feel strength. 

Being a musician grants you this incredible power to make a difference in peoples lives.

That is my goal. That is why I do what I do. 


Writing "Falling Apart"   

Ahhhhh. Well don't know you know what I was doing while writing this song? Coming TOGETHER.


When I wrote this song, I was thinking a lot about phrasing. I wanted the verses to have a memorable/similar feeling that shifted in and out of every line. For me, what makes a song easy to remember and easy to listen to, is the expectation I have in the melody. With this song, I held that in the fore front of the writing process. Each time I come back to a verse, the same phrasing melodically appears again. So, even if you don't know the words, you can hum along. I love hearing this in music. I don't like to follow something complicated. 


When we think of a chorus, typically, it is the same phrasing repeated over and over that makes it so catchy and memorable, with the same melody and almost always, written with the same words. The less work you have to do as a listener, the more satisfying it is (for me & maybe you) to listen to. When i hear music, I want to be able to sing along or at last hum to the song as quickly as possible. I'm not saying I don't like surprises, I love that, but I love the simple nature of easily being able to follow along. As a listener, I feel included in the song and that is exactly what I was going for when I wrote falling apart. 


Writing "I Can" 

This is a song I wrote after spending months and months writing and re-writing songs for my album. I really wanted to write a pop song with a defined structure. I was more careful when writing this than I usually am. A lot of my music, I write from the heart. I let it free-flow and make sure it feels right. While I did that with this song too, I paid more attention to the delivery. I kept the versus short and made sure that my chorus wasn't complicated and that the lyrics were intentional and simple. 

When I was younger, I loved to write. I remember being in 5th grade and getting so excited to hand in a paper. I just loved getting my point across. 

I remember my teacher at the time telling me that my writing was to the point and not long and drawn out. This is a method I apply to a lot of my song writing. If a word isn't needed, I take it out. I make it short and simple. 

For me, it's the marriage of the melody and words together that is most important. I love the balancing act. My rule of thumb in writing and especially in this song, is to leave out fluff. No fluff in the melody, no fluff in the lyrics. I try my hardest to be intentional while also keeping the authenticity of the songs feeling through the meaning of the words.