Since I studied lyrics and songwriting in more depth last year, I've been spending more time trying to make my lyrics more three dimensional and powerful.
Sometimes lyrics come very easily and I feel I have written some clever songs like Hard Drive Heart. But then there are times where I want to say so much with so few words and it is so hard to pull off.
Many of my songs involve serious and deep topics/themes and finding vocabulary and good literary devices is harder than writing about simple/trivial themes. I try and avoid clichés as much as I can and reject over-used phrases. I want to be original and come up with my own powerful lines.
I feel that with time I'm always able to succeed at this, but time isn't always on my side with these things. Often I end up with something I've had to pull together before it naturally comes to me and I end up being unhappy with the result.
This leads me to talk about vocals.. I wish I could sing. And I don't mean just be able to sing in tune, I mean have an incredible voice! So many times, and even when I am happy with the lyrics I've written, I get the song completely ready except for having vocals and then get someone to sing it for the recording.
And I've nearly never been happy with the result. It just seems to be this curse with my music, that whenever I use other musicians on my songs, they come out average.
Over time this has forced me to train myself in many different musical avenues so I can basically do it all myself, from playing guitars to mixing and even making artwork. This has been going well, but I still can't sing and I have tried for many years to get better and it never has.
On a side note, the only experiences I've had where other musicians interpret my songs well is my current ensemble in uni and with Zero Hour. But anything else in the past has been a disappointment.
I will continue to try different vocalists, but I felt like confessing this frustration. Maybe the problem lies within myself, that because I am so poor at singing, I don't understand how to make good, singable lyrics. But with knowing my theory, I feel that isn't the main reason.
Anyway.. Now about guitars!
I spent this week recording guitars for a new song of mine. The song includes two guitar parts and solos and each track has multiple layers.
I've been using TSE808 as a virtual tube screamer and then Poulin Solo C Fullstack as a pre/power amp. For the cabinet I'm using Poulin LeCab impulse loader with a variety of impulses for each guitar track.
Usually I would be opposed to using digital methods of recording guitars, but I'm limited with money and I've been satisfied with the results. I'm also using a combination of other plugins to shape the sound aside from just equalizing them.
You can hear a small sample of the current progress here. My next task is to record drums and replace those horrible sample drums you hear on the recording.
Guitars sample by Tibbie93
And as you can see here, I look quite out of place and awkward with a guitar.xD
As a whole, the song is progressing well and I just have to finish the lyrics and record drums and vocals. I just hope the final touches will bring it to life rather than destroying what I've already accomplished with it.
Thanks for reading!