Dokter Nomi, dance-pop music virtuoso approached me several months ago with a collaboration offer for his song Love is a Virus. He had the vocal track already recorded and had a couple of bed tracks already completed by other producers. This is the way he typically works, since he doesn’t play any instruments. He comes up with great lyrics and a melody and then collaborates with a producer to create the music.
I started with only piano to compose the chord structure. Once I had a chord pattern I was happy with, I then layered on bass, drums, and synths to complete the track. The piano was no longer a part of the song, but it served as a template to structure the other instruments. We presented it at a Songwriter’s Cafe Meetup, and I made several more tweaks afterwards, mostly with tightening up the arrangement.
Nomi joined us on Song Talk Radio to talk about this song and two others. Check out the tune:
I don’t write much dance music, but having recently downloaded a bunch of sampled 80’s synth sounds, I had to give it a go. I wrote the music and beat in one evening, but being an instrumental piece I couldn’t easily come up with a title. By the next morning, I pondered and came up with the title “Fiduciary Responsibility.”
I knew the middle section of the song needed a melody or some kind of leading line. I looked online for definitions of fiduciary responsibility and found a great except from a Canadian Accountants Association document. A little bit of quick editing and I had a narration to fit the song.
So while you can dance to this, you just might learn something as well. Enjoy!
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I fooled around with a dance-rock groove with spoken word song several years ago, but never really liked the production I did or the way I performed the spoken word.
I presented my updated song at the Songwriter’s Cafe meetup group and it was very well received. One comment from the group stood out for me: one member said how at first, she was taken by the dance club feel of the track, but as the song progressed, her attention shifted to anticipating what lyric came next. Great feedback!
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This is the revisited version of Under My Shell:
I don’t know how long I’ve been sitting here
I’ve always heard be brave don’t fear
My forclaw twitches begs me to start
For what I face I have not the heartNor the nerves or the senses
Nor do I have the defenses
To my left the hot land stretches out
To my right no end with no doubt
Slowly I peer out from under my shell
How far is the other side I cannot tell
All these creatures rumble before me
I cross my eyes and all is blurry
They move with much speed but no grace
On their big black feet they race and race
I’ve never seen such reckless haste
And a greater challenge I’ve never faced
Stepping out slowly but surely
With great dignity I tread
And as the wind rushes by me
I know in seconds I’ll be dead
These creatures they barrel down
Down upon me they seem to frown
For this rush what is the cost
In this hot grey land I am lost
No place for the likes of me
But I was too stupid to see
Feelings of foolish pride give way
To feelings of fear and dismay
I wish to be back inside my shell
This day I must live to tell
No protection it will give me now
All over me these creatures will plow
Shatter the shell I hold so dear
Only now is my error so clear
In the end I feel only nothing
To the memory of a shell I cling
Stepped out slowly but surely
Through madness I fell
Oh I wish I would’ve stayed
Stayed safe under my shell