FUEL welcomes songwriters
January 18, 2013, 3:00 pm by Lyn Odom
Fuel Waystation in Llano is a nonprofit meeting place for anyone interested in gathering, be it professional or simply a friendly get-together. On Jan. 5, a group of songwriters met at the coffeehouse where singer, songwriter and composer Bill Reid hosted a discussion about making it in the music business. The conversation went from creating "hooks” to marketing, to everything between when working to get your music published or heard.
With rapt attention and bringing their own experiences and knowledge to the table, several people participated, talking about music, be it meter, beat or chorus ideas.
"Hooks,” Reid said, "are the pictures that you see in your mind and the songs you write around them. Things that may have happened this morning…the color of a mood.”
Reid said writing a song comes when you have a familiar structure in the beat, rhythm and meter.
"Music is more than simply poetry,” he said. "Choruses, in general, knit the verses together and repeat the hook, or should you say, set the hook for listeners. Choruses and verses may or may not share structure and sometimes verses may be instrumental.”
Reid said a performance audience doesn’t know what’s coming.
"I believe in instrumental introductions to bring the listener into the song before the first verse,” he said. "And creating that…you (as songwriters) already have the structure in your bones.”
For the full story, see Wednesday's Llano County Journal
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