That Sucks…a song writing process
I normally hate writing songs. It is not something that I feel comfortable doing on. I get ideas in my head sometimes but whenever the guitar gets in my hand everything just falls apart. The chords sound clunky…the lyrics trite. Just none of it works.
Let’s go back a couple of months. A friend, Alicia, and I were talking about an idea of hers. Alicia is writing a new web series set in her home town of Los Angeles and we talked about the idea of me writing some music for it. So, what was needed now was a theme song. Crap. I needed to write a theme song for a show about dating in Los Angeles.
What the hell do I know about that?
I messed around with a few different ideas and it was the usual thing. Nothing I did sounded right to me. I kept at it though. Then Alicia writes me, and asks: “Can you write me something that is upbeat and jaunty and repeats the line That Sucks?”. And I did.
I’m not sure what happened. I picked up my guitar and started playing and the whole song fell into place. Chords, verse, chorus. Everything was there. Not only did it work, but it became a song that I liked.