Challenge #4: Tying Two Tunes Together

Week #4: July 24 – 31, 2016
Challenge #4: Tying Two Tunes Together

By: Emma-Lee

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Final Challenge

Take two songs you’ve worked on in the past (these may be complete songs, or songs that you were never able to quite finish) and marry them; take bits and pieces from two of your incomplete songs to create one whole new song.

Why is this challenge important to the craft of songwriting?

Too often we give up on fragments of songs and ideas and never imagine that these forgotten threads might be spectacular when reinvented with the right lyric or melody from a different fragment. Some of the most interesting compositions come from finding two completely separate songs that end up being perfect for each other.

Challenge tips

  • Try taking the pre-chorus from one unfinished song idea and sing over or lay on top of a totally different existing chord progression. Alter the notes to fit the chords and key but use the same movement in your phrasing.
  • Take the pre-chorus from one idea and see if this works with an existing chorus you have from another song start.
  • Try cherry picking the best melodic moments from a few of your unfinished song starts and creating a whole new song out of them. If you’re working with some recording software, try singing or playing some of the different melodies and then moving them around in different order until you find something that excites you!

Good luck!
Emma – Lee

In order to successfully complete this challenge you are required to: 

1) Write and record a song following the description of the week #4 Challenge
2) Write a blog post about your experience and post this on your own blog
3) Upload your song to SoundCloud or any other MP3 hosting site
4) Post the link to your blog post and the link to your song as a comment reply on this blog post by 11:59pm EST on Sunday July 31, 2016 – extended deadline. (Click on “Leave A Reply” at the bottom of this Challenge post, please put your full name and your email address in the appropriate fields). *

*Please note that the weekly Challenge will always be posted on our blog the Monday following, so if you complete your song before that, please hold on to your submissions until we notify you of the blog post.

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52 thoughts on “Challenge #4: Tying Two Tunes Together

    1. Rosanne Baker Thornley

      Smooth – easy going – simple – likeable melody that kept me interested – well sung. I quite like the concept “but when you call to me, everything else is just noise”. It’s been a pleasure Sean – all the best 🙂 RBT

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  1. kpcooper2013

    Lyrics for Homesteader’s Waltz: Homesteader’s Waltz
     Kenneth P. Cooper 2016

    RED-TAILED HAWK CERULEAN SKY
    OVER PATCHWORK OF GOLD AND GREEN
    STEAM TRUMPET BLOWIN’ THAT LONESOME REFRAIN
    BLOWIN’ THE HOMESTEADER’S WALTZ, BOYS
    BLOWIN’ THE HOMESTEADER’S WALTZ

    SUMMER AUTUMN WINTER AND SPRING
    RAISIN’ CHILDREN AND RAISIN’ GRAIN
    HEAT WAVE OR BLIZZARD THE CHIMERA’S BREATH
    WHISPERS THE HOMESTEADER’S WALTZ, BOYS
    WHISPERS THE HOMESTEADER’S WALTZ

    THEY CAME TO A NEW LAND
    WITH NOTHIN’ BUT PRIDE
    ON SHIPS LIKE THE S.S. MONTNAIRN
    THEY CAME FOR THE PROMISE
    OF RICH FERTILE EARTH
    OH THE LURE OF THE HOMESTEADER’S WALTZ

    STUBBLE JUMPERS SALT OF THE EARTH
    PIONEERS OF THE BROKEN HEART
    RUDDY FACED VESSELS OF SPIRIT AND HOPE
    DANCIN’ THE HOMESTEADER’S WALTZ, BOYS
    DANCIN’ THE HOMESTEADER’S WALTZ

    RED-TAILED HAWK CERULEAN SKY
    OVER PATCHWORK OF GOLD AND GREEN

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  2. Here is my week 4 song “Je T’aime In Montreal” with Blog and Lyrics included in the Soundcloud text. Music/Lyrics by Shira Katz, singer is Shera Shakera. Thank you SAC, Emma-Lee, North Easton, and Roseanne Baker Thornley for inspiration. Thank you to Sonia Watkins for listening to an initial song idea and providing tips on song structure. This new song combined that song idea with other ideas, but I will need to revise it so that it fits into a stronger song structure for the future! Still I think the story and chorus have a solid foundation to build on, thanks to everything I have learned in this challenge. Peace and Love and wishing you love wherever you are, SAC, Je t’aime!

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  3. Here it is, my final challenge complete. What a glorious, fun ride. I have so enjoyed writing songs for this month, and listening to all of of yours. You are all so talented, and I have an immense respect for all of you. I chose to meld together two old songs of mine, one about self-realization and self-esteem, and the other about time. In the end, it transformed into a song told from the perspective of an elder to a young person. The elder is reaching the end of their life, and is reminding the younger person that time is precious, and to live your life to it’s fullest. They still have time to do what they want, and to just live. Enjoy, and it was a pleasure to be a part of this experience with all of you 🙂

    https://soundcloud.com/kimwilliamsmusic1/time-shadow
    https://kimwilliamsmusic.wordpress.com

    Here also is the lyric and my blog for “Time Shadow”.
    “Time Shadow”
    Kim Williams, copyright 2016
    Verse
    The shadow of time waves it’s hand to me
    Whispering words of what’s to be
    Waste nothing, and let it go
    It’s not needed anymore
    Pre-Chorus
    Don’t let them knock you down
    Keep your feet on the ground
    Take off your shoes, feel the sand in your toes
    Go somewhere noone knows
    Chorus
    Your whole life is in front of you
    Dance in the rain, release the pain
    Try something new, and see it through
    Be yourself, don’t be afraid
    Verse
    Sit by my side, and hold my hand
    Remind me of the fun we’ve had
    Carve our names into the tree
    They’ll remain for the world to see
    Pre-Chorus
    Don’t let them knock you down
    Keep your feet on the ground
    Take off your shoes, feel the sand in your toes
    Go somewhere noone knows
    Chorus
    Your whole life is in front of you
    Dance in the rain, release the pain
    Try something new, and see it through
    Be yourself, don’t be afraid
    Bridge
    You’re stronger than you know
    You just need room to grow
    If it’s mean to be it will last
    Any questions you have just ask
    Chorus
    Your whole life is in front of you
    Dance in the rain, release the pain
    Try something new, and see it through
    Be yourself, don’t be afraid
    Be yourself, don’t be afraid

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  4. This is an art song combining two distinct melodies. The idea for the song is based on the science fiction writer Ray Bradbury. .Not really pop. since I tend to write for the theatre..

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    1. Rosanne Baker Thornley

      Martin, this is very good! From the vocal to the lyric – it’s unique and yes, your musical roots are showing lol. It’s easy to envision the character enveloped in sapphire blue beneath a canopy of stars. Great harmonies btw! One suggestion : use a real child’s voice at the end, which will make a total (total) difference to the final seconds of the song. I’m glad you joined in the challenge, and hope you found the experience beneficial. All the best, and happy writing! RBT

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  5. Finally finished this song which has been parked for more than 3 years. It began from 2 chorus ideas and then became a melodic journey of finding the right chords that would lead back to the hook. I believe there are 16 chords in total. A record, I think, for me.

    These 4 weeks have returned me to songwriting and given me the confidence to create music on demand. I look forward to exploring the new possibilities that await.

    Huge thanks to SAC, our 4 challengers, North Easton, and especially Rosanne Baker Thornley. I appreciate the enormous amount of time she spent listening to each song and providing professional feedback. THANK YOU!

    Also, it was delightful to listen to all your songs and to be introduced to some amazing songwriters. I look forward to maybe one day co-writing with you.

    Enjoy the beautiful summer!

    Best,

    ​Sonia (Regal Aliens)

    NOTE: the song and lyrics can be found at my blog and post…

    http://www.regalaliens.com/blog

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  6. Louise MacDougall

    And old fashioned folk song created from combining unfinished fragments of other songs. Nice easy listening background music on repeat 🙂

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    1. Rosanne Baker Thornley

      Very pretty – from the vocal to the guitar part. However the percussion being off beat is extremely distracting and quite honestly the song doesn’t need the part. Lovely lyrics, that have a poetic leaning to them, however, I wouldn’t change a thing as everything supports the perfect ambience for “Abandoned”. Very nicely done 🙂 RBT .

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      1. Skye Weste

        Just saw your nice comments, Rosanne, and I’m so glad you liked the song. My apologies for rushing to the deadline and not noticing the percussion track wasn’t lined up properly. Here is the corrected version 🙂

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    1. Rosanne Baker Thornley

      Very nice. Lovely voice. There are some nice lyrical lines in here that are setting the scene – but not sure if you need V3 which seems to veer off into a dark space I don’t think you need to go to. The chorus could use some rethinking – I feel the first line works, but not the second line, and although “only human’ is your title, not sure if that sentiment is adding much to the song. It seems to move it sideways from what was shaping up to be a nice relationship song. Melodically, very pretty, but could use more variation. But great work. RBT

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