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).
We started by 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 began working 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.
Take Back Control – a song about coercive control and Lend Me Your Love Tonight a timeless, slow and atmospheric love song, both produced and arranged in Coventry by Born in a Barn Studios.
You can listen to more of our tracks here via SoundCloud. We aim to complete and upload more once we have recordings.
The 2 demos below have been produced and arranged by Song and Media; You Paint Pictures is a powerful ballad about love and loss. When You Find The One is an upbeat and catchy pop anthem celebrating the initial excitement of meeting someone special.
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…