Hey there, and welcome to Learning The Bassics! Today I would like to share with you, my first song ever! With only a couple months of music making experience under my belt, I have managed to write the lyrics and melody for, and recorded my own song downtown Nashville at professional recording studio, Jefferson Street Sound. In the post, I will be talking to you a little bit about how I did it, how incredible the experience was, and of course, share my song with you.
Meaning Behind the Lyrics
Let’s start by talking through the first step in how I wrote my song, the lyrics. About a week and a half ago I was up late listening to music and writing poetry. An interesting lyric came to mind when I was thinking about how I always fall for the same few people at school. I realized that was a very relatable idea among teenagers in high school as well, whether it be a close friend you helplessly fall for or a simple crush you just can’t shake no matter how many other people you try to go out with. “I always fall for you”. Yeah, I’m really not sure who I had in mind, just that tedious idea, and I just had to develop it. Here are the rest of my lyrics:
I always fall for you
but it never works out
I guess I’m wrong for you
but you never say how
My heart needs a vacation
but I can’t escape
all your innocent temptations
So I won’t
So I won’t
You use words like weapons
but you never take aim
And yet I can’t avoid
feeling all of this pain
So I won’t
So I won’t
So I won’t
So I won’t
“Misinterpretation” has ironically been misinterpreted to mean something more, when really, the message is quite simple. Sure, anyone can interpret any song the way they want, and that is what makes music and poetry so beautiful, but I was kind of shocked when I heard everyone’s feedback about this song and what their take on it.
“I always fall for you, but it never works out”, because I misinterpreted your friendship for something more. “Misinterpretation”. Have you ever heard that excuse before from someone you like? “Oh, I had no idea you felt that way about me, I’m sorry I don’t feel the same, I think you just misinterpreted our friendship”. Sometimes this may be the case, but in almost all of my experiences, it has been nothing more than a weak excuse to not be open and honest about real feelings, and I know this because even I have used this excuse before. This is how the rest of the lyrics came about. I talk about how “my heart needs vacation”, but it doesn’t matter, because “I can’t escape all of your innocent temptations”. In other words, the whole song is talking about these repetitive high school crushes I’ve experienced that just turn out to be traps. And many of my friends who I have talked to about this said they can relate! It’s scary enough to be open about your feelings towards someone in high school, and obviously much harder when you get rejected. I feel like it’s also a lot harder to move on from a serious crush in high school though, when day after day you are surrounded by the same few hundred students (in my case at least since my school is so small).
The second verse talks about how the crush or subject discussed uses “words like weapons but never takes aim”, “and yet I can’t avoid, feeling all of this pain.” So there I was really talking about how clear it is that their intentions weren’t to hurt me, and yet I’m still being torn apart. I’m being torn apart because I “misinterpreted” a friendship, and now that friendship is ruined, and I am left with no part of that incredible person I fell for. I only hurt myself, and made a hard situation painful.
The Recording Process
The process of writing and then recording this song was truly incredible. I wrote the melody on my midi keyboard at home, and sent the track to a mentor I was working with, Phil Hughley, a local singer/songwriter and guitarist. I had the opportunity to work with Phil while participating in Southern Word’s “Summer Studio”, which I will talk all about in my post tomorrow.
Phil worked with me on my melody and recorded two incredible guitar tracks for my song, and after I finished recording my song, I stood in front of him while he made the beat in under five minutes.
Recording took a long time, as I am very new to singing. Like seriously… I haven’t sung since sixth grade chorus! I had no idea I could sing and was shocked when everyone told me to sing my own song. It was a little nerve racking since we were on a time crunch in the studio, but singing in that booth all by myself and feeling confident with my voice for the first time in forever was an incredible feeling! I knew that I was in the middle of making something awesome, and promised myself that I would ignore any negative feedback afterwards because I was proud of my song. It started as a simple poem, and I turned it into something so much more! And that’s definitely something I want to and plan on doing more of in the near future.
We ran out of time and couldn’t mix or edit much of anything before the virtual showcase. I had just enough time to drive home from the studio and jump on my computer to join the Zoom call. Everyone loved my song, and my parents stormed into my bedroom with the proudest faces I have ever seen. They could not believe that it was MY voice that they heard in that recording, and that I had written an entire song almost entirely by myself. I kept every detail from them until the show case, so the whole thing was shock.
Maybe some of that sounds cringey or whatever, but recording this song felt like a real milestone. And I learned so much during the process, and can’t wait to do it again! You can listen to the song here, or visit my SoundCloud by clicking this link: https://soundcloud.com/user-380528926.
Thank you guys for all of your support so far! Within just the first five hours this site was up it got over a 100 views, and now over 200!!! So again, thank you for your support and for reading my individual posts. You can go to my “More Info” tab to find out more information about this site and what posts to expect EACH DAY for the rest of the month. Tomorrow, as previously mentioned, I will be going into depth about everything I learned in Summer Studio and what lessons really made a difference in building my song. See ya then!