Finding the magic
Finding the magic in our songwriting process has come quite easily so far. I, for better or worse, have a mine of emotions to explore due to a relationship breakdown, and the rest of the band are exceptional musicians and have, well, more talent than me, but I get to hold the microphone.
Our songs come into existence in different ways, but the majority start at Warren’s piano. He then sends the music to me and I’ll come up with a melody, and it’s the latter piece that I want to focus on.
As soon as I hear a new piece of music, it goes straight to a part of my psyche. Sometimes it takes me a while to realise which part, but the melody, and ultimately the lyrics, come from that place. I imagine there are infinite possible melodies for a series of chord progressions or pieces of music, but the one I hear first in my head is the one that stays, and it’s hard to shake. I think the strength of that melody is a testament to the music that inspires it.
A melody tells you how the words fit together, right down to how many syllables there should be, which parts rhyme, etc. I’m not versed in the structure of poetry and our songs may correspond to one type or another, but I think that once the music is there, so is the melody and even the lyrics; they all just need to be unlocked.
I guess what I’m trying to say is songwriting is a magical process of communication. When I’m sent a new music idea, it’s communicating with me. I process that and decide what I want to communicate with a melody and lyrics, and the band communicate their talent to make it into a song.
Each song has been a journey, a story. It’s not been an easy journey emotionally, but ultimately I’d say it’s one of the most cathartic experiences you can have. Now it’s time to communicate them to the outside world, outside of the basement. We’re aiming to take the songs to an even higher place, communicating and connecting with an audience.
Hopefully you’ll join us and we’ll meet you along the way.
If you pour your life into songs, you want them to be heard. It’s a desire to communicate. A deep desire to communicate inspires songwriting. – Bono