I am writing you tonight to share some thoughts and ideas I have when it comes to my own and others writing. I have through the 365 challenge of mine moved further and further away from beeing a musician, and closer and closer towards becoming a lyricist/writer. Even though I have always been a very focused on good lyrics in my music, these last five and a half month has given me a totally new meaning.
By this I mean, that the focus needs to be put where it is needed, I wrote music the same way i was writing poetry, instead of producing poetry into my music. I lost myself in the middle of the music, the imagery, the emotion didn’t match eachother, and didn’t match what I was expressing cause i spoke in a different context, in a different concept as well if you wish. So i said to myself, what if I go on with a challenge, that will force me to write one verse daily, on topics, to see if that can help how I am conversating through my writings, and so the challenge was born, on November 3rd 2011 a baby was born.
It started out slowly, with a typical rhymepattern, i still wrote poetry in music stanzas, lets call it an old habit, and I struggled with the words, and with the topics, and how the imagery could fit into the patterns without seeming forced or too obvious. But as the days went by, it became easier and easier to write, I started to connect to a voice, that kind of proclaimed what to say, or what to write without thinking about how I put it down, it just flowed in there like it had a meaning inside my head without even knowing it. No matter the topic I was given, the same voice just painted the picture for me, and I felt every word and image of it, and could slowly start to put music to it, not hip hop beats or anything like that, more ambient tunes, more dreamy and heartfelt music, and I could say one line, and just wait, and smell the word, taste the word and feel the word, and it would feel just perfect. It felt both weird and refreshing the first time, and I new that I had found a totally new arena for myself.
The next mission was to test this out in my music, how to put the poetry into the music instead of writing poetry as music, and thats when Painted Perfect popped up, what if I create a track as itself was a masterpiece in the name of my own life, and let that be the imagery to produce, but the words themselves are connected to my context and focused on what I am saying, and the first thing that popped in was colours, I will write my life in colours but as a musician, not as a poet, and the first line popped in: Black and blue, or green and white, I control the scenery, paint flowers into pistolfights. And boom there it was, so simple but still, with a poetic undertone that I wouldn’t have been able to write before the challenge started. That was a huge eye opener for me, and since then there has been to other tracks made so much easier in a way to digest than my writings, but at the same time that undertone always present in the lyrics. Those are coming on the album in December so you have to wait for those two. If you haven’t listened to painted perfect yet, here it is.
Here I come to the essence itself of what attracts me when I read words, that is one thing I need and that is: Imagery, Imagery, Imagery. Without that it is just words in a line, No imagination triggered, no feelings evoked. I want the writer to reach deep into my soul, grab me from the inside and lead me through beauty, sorrow, pain, love, anger, hate by touching every bit of feeling I have inside and poke me with their images. If someone bleeds I want to bleed with them, If someone grieve, I wanna understand their grief, and love their grief, and participate in it before I am revealed with a secret that wil make me free, that will probably leave me in tears, but I will feel just amazing. That is what I love aboutb words, that they can through strong images, evoke those memories and feelings you have inside, and let them take you on a journey through your emotions.
I always wanted to do that, and now I am finally allowed to through my writing. To attempt something I never managed through my music in the past, but hopefully I am on the right path now, to let the words speak by itself through images. And you as readers allow me to do so now, and for that I find myself grateful.
Hope you have enjoyed this short little mindbender of mine, I just felt for sharing something with you tonight, since you follow me in such great manner, and for that I thank you.
Peace Love and Harmony