I was watching The Voice the other day, and an idea popped in my head. I am not a huge fan of reality competition shows but I rather enjoy MasterChef (my cooking skills have improved exponentially) and watching Idol and the Voice with my family. They got me thinking, would I ever join a tv show like that? To be honest I wouldn’t join any of the shows that exist today, well maybe The Glee Project (if I had the opportunity to haha). But I would DEFINITELY audition well try anyways hehe if there was one like this…
Songwriters! Yes a song writing competition. One where you are given a week to write a new song, but you get the opportunity to work with a real music production team, with real producers, musicians, what an amazing experience and opportunity that would be! I think songwriters don’t get the credit they deserve, yes performing a song is a feat in itself, but writing the song is a whole other ball game. You’re telling a story, really showing your soul about how you see the world. It would be the perfect statement to show the world your true self, not just singing it, but writing it! And then growing and improving your talent for putting a jingle together, some moving lyrics, with some of the top song writers in the industry! How exciting would that be! I am so sick of some of the music out there today. Some music just seems so lazy nowadays. Verse, chorus, verse, repeat chorus, repeat repeat repeat like three words. It’s downright delirious music I tell you. It’s like brainwashing and then you have funky words you can’t get out of your head “ass like dat, ass like dat…” I think we’ve had enough! turn that junk off! It’s time to bring real music back to the radio, there are some artists still out their, with amazing REAL vocals (no autotune there) with original spins and beats and music, the music sometimes gets forgotten, just a thump thump here and then what? come on inspire me! show me how beautiful the world is! how painful heartbreak can be! how important it is to feel free in this world! Seriously if I hear one more song about that sexy ass, I will snap lol. I’ve never been so picky about music. I love all kinds of genres from RnB to country. All I ask is for something original, something catchy (but not too catchy/repetitive) and something that actually talks about something relative and real. The song “trees” comes to mind by Marty Casey, who starred on the reality tv show RockStar INXS comes to mind. Now I know the topic is about love like many other songs today, but it’s fresh, it’s different, the song uses Trees as a way of telling its story, I mean how quirky is that! Artists like Guy Sebastian I love too, no two songs of his sound exactly alike, and his runs are always pitch perfect. Now I hate to point out annoying repetitive songs, but honestly have you listened to a Neyo album? you could join two songs together and it would sound like it was one – exactly the same beat, similar words…I used to really love Neyo but frankly he needs to freshen up again. I love artists who aren’t afraid to go into different genres and still succeed at making a hit! No one hit wonders here thank you man 😛 Another great example would be Jason Mraz, he’s alternative, but he sings all kinds of songs, he’s original. I’m so happy for YouTube singers “Karmin” they just got their album, remixing their amazing vocals, with the popular rapping genre, they aren’t so repetitive, they’re still original, they don’t have to compromise on the art with their quirky, creative arrangements.
So that’s what I want to see, something I’d even audition for, the next Songwriter of the year, heck the decade if they can keep the momentum and inspiration up within them! How exciting to hear your song on the radio sung by another artist, or even you if you could. Amazing! Now that would be entertaining for me. Inspiring. Life changing! Let’s fill the world with meaningful, beautiful music! I’m not just looking at how the singer interprets but the song that was written itself – musicality, lyrics, style, melody etc.
Every week a new song, a different genre perhaps? Bring in some amazing song writing mentors. Some musicians too. Inspire people. Show some awesome jam sessions. Then the new songs that make it can go onto iTunes? It’s a music revolution! From the competitors, judges could choose three top songs and they get released, if you don’t get chosen you still remain in the competition, but every 3 weeks maybe a couple get cut? something like that…hmm I don’t really mind the mechanics, just wish there to be enough screen time to show the actual craft of song writing, what happens in the production room, and then the final song.
A well-rounded songwriter, maybe not so known by their name if you don’t follow music so closely but when you name their song you know them, someone who is more chill, behind the scenes, but sooo full of talent, someone who really appreciates the art to provide a perspective from a real song writer as inspiration like Diane Warren who has written for the likes of top singers Toni Braxton, Beyonce and Aerosmith. Then a successful music producer, to provide the perspective of how ‘the business’ sees all this, what are they looking for? Someone like say Dr. Dre from a totally diff genre, who has helped shape the careers of Snoop Dog and Eminem. How can record producer’s make a creative artist worth the world’s time? and finally an inventive and creative artist already on the billboards (like say Fort Minor, Karmin or Guy Sebastian), as an example of someone who could potentially sing your songs, what do they think? how would they interpret your songs? how would you collaborate?