Song Writing Part 2

In a post last week I said that I was working on a new song.  Well, I finished it over the weekend.  It started with a little part I wanted to record so that I would remember it.  From there it turned into a real pop song. Yeah, with words and everything!

A few quick comments before I turn you lose with this.  Although parts of this recording are “finished”, this is very much just a quick demo, or, if this were one of my stories, this is a rough, first draft (don’t worry – if you have read a story on my blog, it was a rough draft….).  I can hear many things I will change if I decided do this a little more seriously. And I might.

OK, I am writer and yet the words here are nothing super special. lol. I guess pop songs often are repetitive.

As to using my natural voice as opposed to using a vocoder (like the last few times I sang, like here), well, I do want to get used to my natural voice again.  This isn’t great, but perhaps I will improve as I record – a couple of big things to help me improve are practicing and not being so intent on being almost in tune that I take any character out of my (high, thin) voice…  We’ll see as time goes by…

I hope I did not scare you away!  I do really like this and think some parts are really good.  For the most part I am going for an 80s vibe, but with a modern take.  I am also using some (70s) Prog influence on it (YouTube calls it Progressive Rock!)  It is a first idea as I get used to writing this type of music, but I think not bad at all.

To me this doesn’t sound great on phone and laptop speakers and needs some type of external speakers – another learning experience! (There is a bass part at the beginning that I love that I don’t hear on my laptop…)

Anyway, here it is!  I hope you enjoy this little ditty.

(click here if you don’t see the video below)

(Edit 11/28/2021 – I just posted a new version – click here if you don’t see it below)

Oh, you may notice a trend – my last YouTube post was an 80s style Thechno-pop song, though it was 100% instrumental.  I was very pleased with the groove.  It’s short (about a minute and a half). Take a listen.

(Click here if you don’t see the video below)

Notice a trend? I’ll talk about that later…

OK, back to this week’s song….

For those interested in such details, most of it was done on a Sequential Prophet Rev 2 and a Behringer Poly-D.  I used an Arturia DrumBrute Impact as well.  I played the drum machine manually for quite a bit of it!  There is one pattern that I used in the main verse/chorus part, but that takes one drum channel while I played the other by hand.  All other drum parts were by hand as well.

15 thoughts on “Song Writing Part 2

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  2. Rebecca Cuningham

    Nice work, Trent. The first song had a Bowie like intro and a Mamas & Papas feeling to it. I think you have an entirely respectable pop voice. Sounded good. Did you harmonize with yourself? That’s cool. The second had a good Abba like sound to it. So fun to hear your music.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! Yes, I did my own harmonies in a few places. In the future I will most likely put more in. Not sure if I see/hear the Mamas and the Papas, but thanks for the compliment on all three (Bowie, M &P and Abba).

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Thanks, Colleen. I’m not a huge fan of my own voice, but perhaps will warm up to it… I do want to try to transfer some of poetry skills I’ve been picking up to work with my music, which is one reason I smile when I write something a little banal, like this one :) Next song…

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