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1 – Make a list of titles. Names that would make you think of someone else’s awesome song that you’d love the hell out of, if you ever actually got to hear them.

2 – Pick a song title from the list that catches your eye, something that feels bigger than the few words it’s made of. This seed has all the information needed to make a rad song. Imagine how this song feels? How it tastes? Is it punchy, aggressive, boisterous, cheeky, deep, brooding, satirical, sombre, stodgy, sprightly, meaningful, blunt, brutal, pretty, political, raunchy, vile, loving, warm, cool, dull, pornographic, exhilarating, charming or alluring? What else is it? Would you enjoy it instantly or is it complex, does it mature over time with multiple consumptions? If it was a pool or lake you wanted to swim in, what colour would the water be? What other animals would live in there? Is there stuff under the water that you can’t see? Maybe it’s not a body of water but a city or the autoban or a lovers body? None of these questions need answering but it will lead you to answer the next question:

3 – What does the power or meaning in this song look like, what’s the hook. It’s probably the chorus and you’ve probably got half of it written down in the title already. Make it a full statement that sounds strong, that you can hear people catching onto. It’s time to sell your point, divide your audience in to those who are with you or those who are against you if you have to, leave the soft touch for the verses. If you sing it with pride they’ll always be with you anyway and you gave them the opportunity to be on your side by drawing the line in the sand. Basic understandable language is best, of the whole song you want your chorus to be universal, versus give you more leeway to play with words. You now have your chorus and a good deal of direction. This is the backbone of your song, you just have to fill in the blanks.

4 – Back up your statement with a half verse. What emotional occurrence lead you to come to the conclusion that the chorus draws. Why should anyone care about your statement? Are we confirming knowledge that people know or is it a new concept? Does it need explaining or do we just need to set the scene for this particular occurrence of the phenomenon we’re describing.

5 – Make it rhyme. It probably already does cause you could hear it in your head before you started working on the words. If you get stuck there is no shame in getting a little help: rhymer.com/. The rhymed words you’ll end up finding will make make writing the words before them pretty easy, you’ll probably come up with some lines you would have never thought of.

6 – The song is no longer about the individual experience that it spawned from, the song has taken it’s own life and form and universal meaning. As it’s own entity, is it complete without your story? Could elements change to strengthen the meaning that this new story tells? If the imaginary holds true meaning it is not a lie, we have transcended from telling a story about what it is to be you to a story of what it is to be.

7 – Check it and discard stuff. The song is now greater than it’s parts, but is it a harmonious experience? There’s usually a part that you fudged for now so you can fix later. That’s perfectly natural and helps get the damn thing written. We’ll now it’s time to fix those clumsy bits. Sing it to your self, what words sounded great on paper but don’t work so well out loud? what’s a mouthful that doesn’t add meaning or structure to the song?

8 – Leave it be for a few days. If it still holds up you have a winner! Congrats! Party time! I mean, hours and hours rehearsing/studio time.

Alternatively you could just replace all the words of a song you already like, hide the results in a draw. Pull them out 6 months later when you’ve long forgotten who you got your cues from. You now have original lyrics, make up the melody and you’re done.

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Moth To The Flame

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Bound to Fruition

20150526-_DSC1539 JSM was just kind of on all the time so we watched it. It’s dated now and wasn’t intentional or important viewing then either, just an innocuous, light, forgettable carb to balance out a richer televisional meal in what now seem like the dark ages preceding reasonable video streaming. Specifics long forgotten, a single moment stuck with me. Wendie Malick commenting on a hope that the natural look would fall out of style as it took so much longer to achieve. Like the ball baring in a spray can, the thought of being natural having no greater or lesser value than being unnatural while proving harder to achieve, just kind of rattled around my head looking for a place to rest. Thinking about the greater divide between electronic and guitar based music scenes when I was younger reminded me of this moment. The stigma was palpable, electronic music wasn’t real music and you were either okay with that or you weren’t. It was a time when music wasn’t sold for it’s own merits but how it was an alternative, how it distanced itself from something else you were no longer allowed to be. There was this idea of authenticity attached to non-electronic music that paid no attention to the amount of effort and indeed electronics that go into making it sound natural. In reality the electric guitar is no more natural than a synthesizer, it’s just been around longer.

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Welcome Gestures

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Melbourne Mediocrity at its Most

Here. Here’s a picture I hope represents who I want you to think I am. It’s me at my best. Or at least it’s me pretending not to be my worst. In truth it’s shallow and false and it’s all for you. But not the real you, just the you that I think I see when you’re just trying to show the best representation of you. And why wouldn’t you, when all you see is the best of me twice filtered through tried and tested algorithms that make extra sure it’s the best of me always looking back at you? How can we possibly compare, not only to others, but our own false image?

Where it once felt as though representation was pure, an expression of self untethered to the weight of the body we are suck with, now it feels heavier than any object that would not crush the marrow from these bones.

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Love is a Coma, for the lucky few

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Moment of Trust

It doesn’t make you confident. If anything it’s the ritual that makes you confident. It makes you lazy as it fogs the conscious mind and sends you into a waking sleep. It makes you worse and it makes me awful. The trick it plays is that it affects the memory of the time you shared together, makes you remember a better experience than you actually had. In reality it make you sick but tricks you into forgiving and forgetting. Australia is an addict and as far as drugs go it’s a dull choice. But for many it’s a solution, one that  while it’s solving your problems makes you worse at dancing, sleeping, paying attention, being productive, being happy, making friends, making sense, finding love, feeling love, making love, being good, feeling good, being creative, making music, remembering what’s important and existing. It is both the easy way out and the hard way out and I love it, too much to bare.

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