Re: The forgotten art of melody
- From: "RichL" <rpleavitt@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 23:07:49 -0500
Richard Smol <richard.smol@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 18 jan, 13:13, "js" <noth...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Once upon a time, people learned the art of songCRAFT by studying the
masters in their genre(s) and performing "cover" material until they
felt they were able to write their own stuff AND that they had
something to say.
Now, every jackoff with a drop Db guitar considers himself a
"songwriter", even though he can't play/sing even the most basic
material from the most popular musicians in the genre he's writing
in fact it's considered some sort of "sellout" to even aspire to
learn someone else's material - because it would point out their own
Paradoxically, not being able to play someone else's songs does not
automatically mean that you can't come up with your stuff. Writing
songs is simply hard and most people are not good at it. It has to do
with this uncontrollable, undefinable quality called "talent".
Talent alone isn't enough. Songwriting is a craft, and like most other
crafts, an apprenticeship goes a long way toward fulfilling that talent
(in this case the apprenticeship being the study of the works of
acknowledged masters in the appropriate genre).
And yes, most people will flop miserably even given that preparation;
however, that fact does *not* mean that a person with the relevant
talents will automatically become a good songwriter.
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