Every song I’ve written (not that many) has always been written with the tune and lyrics happening together in my head or maybe on banjo. I have no music in my head for this song. Maybe you could have a go at it as a collaboration
May need to write this again lol…..
phone draft :)
Nice job there. David. I’d mention the fact that today’s country IS where ROCK AND ROLL went. Rock and roll in the standard sense, gave way to just “rock” in the 80’s and 90’s and the rock feels of earlier eras transferred over to country. Rock today is much different than the good time rock and roll of yesterday. So what you are probably thinking of as “rock and roll” is “country” today. Do you have an artist that you might hear in the style of this? That always helps to put it in a box when you are trying to add music.
Thank you MAB. I guess if I hear it it’s John Anderson or maybe Travis Tritt or Toby Keith maybe. I need to work on that box. I edited the last version and Tony I kept some of your ideas and shifted back again on some others. I hear you doing it MAB! I’ve been listening to so much old country that it seems to me that I’ve written (or halfway written) an old country bar song. Thanks again for your input.
I certainly understand that.Those guys are really good and classic. Also not exactly on the current playlists. While that doesn’t mean too much to me, it might be something you keep in mind as you are trying to direct where this song goes. It is always a good idea to find out what is current. What you might do that will help you is to go to YOU TUBE, to pull up some of the current crop of hot writer/artists. People like STURGELL SIMPSON, DEIRKS BENTLEY or some of the other “hunks of country.” Now I am not suggesting that you try to do things to pitch to those people. They already have their deals. But it is nice to get a feel for who current up and comers might be interested in. Who they are influenced by. After all, when it comes to pitching, you are doing as much mind games as anything else. “You are getting very sleepy. You must cut my songs…” But with the newer artists and artist wanna be’s, being a bit pro-active and knowing who turns THEM on, is a very good idea, when you are adding music.
One thing I am glad OD is over here urging you on is that I had this sort of discussion with him years ago. He was really only into the “older style of country.” He was trying to fight me tooth and nail about “that crap on the radio” until I made him watch some videos of the latest country hits. He found out that a lot of people weren’t as bad as he thought, and that he actually had a lot in common with some of the newer artists. Doesn’t mean we are going to get younger and fall into the big deals, but it does give us a little more in common with the stars of tomorrow. Keep at it and I’ll be reading along. Always glad to see what you are doing and really glad when people pull together on these things. I’m always around for support and to answer questions if you need me.
Hear what? I suggested David listen to some of the current crop of country singers just to get a sense of style and language, that might help him. As far as what OD was listening to, I am not really sure that day. I was doing some other things and he was drawing his own conclusions. He sat with a country video station and watched for about half an hour and got a sense for what was happening at that time. I believe people like Brad Paisley, Eric Church, and Zac Brown, who were doing things not far away from what he liked.
Today, many of those guys are still around, as well as new comers like Sturgell Simpson,and Chris Stapleton. It just makes things a little easier when you write music to have a target to go after. Not to copy anything they are doing, but it puts it in a musical framework that makes it simpler to shape.