We decided to give a new hobby a try this year – songwriting!
It was not that easy to begin with, like any new creative idea it takes time, practice and patience to produce something you are happy with (lockdown has given us more opportunity and space for this).
It started with us trying to come to grips with a bit of music theory as our teenage daughter is currently working towards a theory exam. It was the composition aspect that interested us most. Initially, we learnt the main musical keys and their corresponding chords.
For support with this new project we became members of a UK based songwriting guild and worked on a variety of lyric and melody ideas around the piano. We also used the garage band app which gives access to a kind of home studio, musescore, and of course the odd You Tube tutorial (there are so many but I found Pianote lessons particularly clear and helpful).
We sent a few of our song ideas in for assessment and then proceeded to have some of these made into demos and/or manuscripts – other services offered through the guild. We have also worked with a great local studio to produce some of our demos.
You can listen to our first tracks here via SoundCloud. We aim to complete and upload more by the end of the year.
Below are links to a couple of our YouTube demo/ lyric videos. These songs have been arranged by Song and Media.
You Paint Pictures (In My Mind) was entered into the 2020 UKSongwriting Contest – it rated as a 4 star ‘commended entry’ in the love song category.
When You Find The One gained a 5 star ‘commended entry’ position in the pop category by the judges of the same contest.
We are going to continue to write songs, explore different styles of music and generally learn more about the art of songwriting…