Song: Accelerating by William Stonewall Monroe

Accelerating by William Stonewall Monroe, a rock tune regarding feeling unstoppable.

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You can’t catch me while I’m accelerating
Changing lanes, crossing lines on foreign pavements
That glimmer in your eye, is my mirror
That glimmer in your eye, ain’t getting clearer

You can’t quit, while I’m accelerating
There you sittin, listen to your statements
That glimmer in your eye, is my mirror
That glimmer in your eye, ain’t getting clearer

You can’t stop, while I’m accelerating
Air poppin in your face through the turns you’ve been debating
That glimmer in your eye, is my mirror
That glimmer in your eye, ain’t getting clearer

William Stonewall Monroe

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How to write your own Lorde song, or the spectrum of preference and possibility, a beginner’s guide to pop music realism

Ok, so you love Lorde, let’s say you love her music so much, you want to replicate it, while still being able to say that you wrote your own song. Imitation is the purest form of flattery after all, right? Right. First, you’re going to need to make a list. Since I’m still thinking about that lovely panini and tomato soup I had for dinner, I’ll make mine about food.

Your list needs to include things from what I call, “the spectrum of preference and possibility”

Examples:

Something you really just kind of don’t prefer: pinterest recipes that call for cream cheese

Something you are: An amateur home chef

Some things that will or have never happened: the watched pot never boils, I’ve never cooked with truffle oil

It’s really as simple as that. Now you have the basis for your own song. Mix and match, try making one the title/chorus, and then working in the other two. And don’t forget the backbeat.

Here is the beginnings of some Lorde-esque lyrics that I came up with using my spectrum of preference and possibility.

Boiled

I’ve never seen a truffle be so fresh, I drool to Masterchef, and Paula Deen
I’m not proud of my soufflé, In this kitchen at home, we might go to Wendy’s

It’ll never be boiled, with you here watching me
But baby you’ll drool, when you smell this frickasee

Sometimes I don’t enjoy the recipes
I get from pinterest that call for so much cream cheese
I really just cook at home for my wife and baby
But we all know, this food’ll be tasty

But it’ll never be boiled, if you don’t put it on high heat
This kind of shrimp must cook real fast, the leftovers won’t last
It’ll never be boiled, with you here watching me
Baby you’ll drool, let me be your Gordon Ramsay

You make me happy

Here are the lyrics for my new song, “you make me happy.” The chords are G, B, C throughout.

You make me happy,
Not because anything
That you say or do
And if it’s quite alright
I’d like to stay for a while, with you

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My toes don’t much, mind the cold
But your feet next to mine, have such a hold
My hair don’t much mind growing old
But as long as your here, my heart’s growing bolder
To tell you always and tell you all the ways and tell you all your days

You make me happy,
Not because anything
That you say or do
And if it’s quite alright
I’d like to stay for a while, with you

Remember the time you smiled and said, “I got devices”
My pride was still sore, from falling on the ices,
You held my hand and helped me through the crisis
But my mouth was still burnin, cause your so good with spices
To tell you always and tell you all the ways and tell you all your days

You make me happy,
Not because anything
That you say or do
And if it’s quite alright
I’d like to stay for a while, with you

Out on the road

I got 100 dollars and that ain’t much cash
So let’s fill up the tank, see what we pass
On the road, out on the road

I got five more months of running left to go
everyone tells me we got to take it slow
On the road, on the road

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On The Road Again! by howardignatius, on Flickr

When worlds are colliding
The stars in the sky
Flare up and flyin
And stretch to a dive

I got to get you on my mind
I got to get you on my mind

I got twenty beats per second, I come undone
I’ll put my foot to the floor and we’ll chase the sun
On the road, on the road

Out on the road by William S Monroe

William Stonewall Monroe

How to write a song from a speech outline part 2

This song, “I ain’t got time,” is the fulfillment of my attempt to use the Ken Davis #SCORRE framework for speech preparation to write a song. Enjoy!

The Outline

Subject: Love

Central Theme: The demonstration of love

Objective Sentence: Every wife (my wife in particular) can know her husband loves her by his making these 3 sacrifices

R&R:

  • Sacrificing time shows her he is willing to give her what he can’t get back
  • Sacrificing resources provides her security
  • Sacrificing pride shows her that he values her above himself
  • The Lyrics
    I ain’t got time, but I sure got time for you
    I ain’t got time, but I sure got time for you
    Time slips away but it’s you I’d hate to lose

    When you see what you want, baby, that’s what you’ll get
    When you see what you want, baby, that’s what you’ll get
    Stay with me, darlin’, I’ll make sure you’re set

    There ain’t another woman, no other woman I’d choose
    There ain’t another woman, no other woman I’d choose
    The way you walk so fine I’d love to be your walkin’ shoes

    You know I love you sugar, you ain’t got a price
    You know I love you sugar, you ain’t got a price
    Lovin’ on you is worth any sacrifice

    William Stonewall Monroe

    Is it ok to like your own art?

    Mount Cook/ Aoraki, New Zealand
    Mount Cook/ Aoraki, New Zealand by EmmaJG, on Flickr

    Is it ok to like your own art?
    Short answer? Yes.

    Great chefs taste their creations, enjoying and course correcting as they go along. The first palette they please is their own. Indeed, chefs tend to be at their best when making the food they enjoy the most, the food they love the most. Can you imagine your terror if you sat down at a restaurant and the chef came personally out to your table after your meal had been served and said, “I wouldn’t eat that if I were you.” Food is art, and chefs must enjoy their art to produce at their best.

    I love my own music. I get my own songs stuck in my head as I am writing and recording and I see that as a sign I am creating something worthwhile. Any time I present you with art, I want to be able to say that it touches my soul in the yearning part of my soul that is impossible to describe, in the same way that our best loved artists touch our souls. After I’m done creating, I want to have a Genesis moment and say, “It is good.” If I am excited about my art, you can be as well.

    It is a good thing to love your own creations, it is even a good thing to love yourself. But where do we cross the line between this healthy self-love and narcissism? Good question, and it is a hairy one. Your going to have to have some good friends to help you figure this one out. One guideline that I can offer is that love of your self or your creations becomes unhealthy when you it becomes about you being more awesome than other people. It is these comparisons that ultimately rob us of our joy and lead down the unhealthy roads.

    One of my favorite thoughts on this subject comes from CS Lewis. In his book, The Great Divorce, he describes the attitude of songwriters in heaven. He writes that a man can enjoy his own songs as if someone else had written them, and enjoy other’s writing as if he had written it himself.

    This week’s music is an original that I composed. I like to call it, “the fight song.” It is a great pump up jam that I thoroughly enjoyed producing. Yes, I like it :). I hope you will too.

    On the 16 of August I will again be playing at Linn St Live from 4:30 to 6:30, put it on the calendar and I will see you there!

    How does enjoying your own art make that art better?

    William Stonewall Monroe