Thursday, July 17, 2008

1. Be Simple, 2. Forget Lyrics, 3. Hold Notes

1. It's easy to make songs too busy (i.e. in the melody or riff), which makes them overwhelming. If there's too much going on the audience won't know what to focus on and they might miss the sweet parts you're especially proud of. And writing a song with little fluff forces you to make the few parts you do have stand on their own (see The Strokes).
2. I think people generally care more about how lyrics sound than what they're about. I think that cool-sounding and meaningless is better than boring-sounding and insightful.
3. Not only does holding notes in the melody keep it simpler (see #1) but it also sounds sweet.

Monday, July 14, 2008

What Makes Songs Cool

1. Lots of dynamic changes (like if everybody gets quiet together or some instruments cut out)
2. More than one person singing.
3. Two drum sets (e.g. "the classical" by "the fall")
4. Playing a note a little off key and then "bending" it to hit the right note (see 1:12 of Walk Idiot Walk by the Hives on youtube)