Day 23: The Strange Tale Of Shang Ding Hong

Writing is going slowly this week (though I have written every day). The reasons are many.

I spent some time posting a new song on the blog (Everything Is) Broken. Have you downloaded it yet? What did you think?

I’ve been winding up a rock band workshop at the Old Library Studio for the last three days.

And the song itself is weird.

A year or two ago I wrote a crazy thirteen verse song about a fictional Chinese village with the same rhyme scheme on every verse.
Oh and the whole melody was made up of 5 notes.
And those five notes were all from a diminished 7th chord.
And every verse was supposed to be in a different key.
With different arrangement and harmonisation.

And different time signature if need be.

So when plan A is that deranged you’ll understand why I felt slightly relieved deciding to reset the lyrics to a bizarre chromatic melody that was originally a hyperactive guitar instrumental called Verbal Gerbils (written in 1997).

This is something I have never done before, so I feel like I am not only working how to get to where I want to go, but laying the tarmac on the ground at the same time.

I’m getting there though.

Related Posts: The Soundcheck Song – for free
Other free songs by Matt Blick


About mattblick

Songwriter/Singer from Nottingham, UK. My 2nd EP, Everything In The World Is Fighting Everything In The Sky, is out now. I'm blogging (& podcasting) through the entire Beatles catalogue at Beatles Songwriting Academy. In my spare time I wish I had some spare time.
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