“Yes! (Attacking Writers Block at Dawn)” by Amber May

  1. 28 tracks in total (including the 8 vocal tracks added later)
  2. 2 sections
  3. Well recorded vocal tracks
  4. 8 vocal tracks
  5. Song sections clearly labelled using markers
  6. A good sounding, well balanced mix

 

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Those moments where your music production sounds pretty decent, but you’re about as creative as a 4th grader when it comes to writing lyrics. I got some ideas about what to write about from a friend of mine, and he said jokingly “Why not just write about not knowing what to write about?” In retrospect, I don’t think he meant it literally, but I’m glad he said it because I went with that idea anyway! (Even threw in some random voice acting from the encouraging pony of my subconscious.)

This song is a definition of making something so humdrum sound over-the-top serious. The main challenge I had with this epic tale, aside from using a belt voice that I didn’t know I had, was balancing the vocals with the music. The whole piece in general is powerful sound-wise and the tracks tended to want to overpower themselves. Also, there were waayy too many tracks for me to wrap my head around, so I ended up recording the vocals in a separate project first and getting those balanced out before trying to bring them into the main battle. When I added the vocal audio in, I used the tool where you move the volume line up and down on the track to adjust certain sections that were too loud or too soft.

The readings that helped me the most with this were the ones about song organization (intro, verse, chorus, ect.) I’d never really payed attention to all of those sections when normally listening to music, but now that I had to focus on them, I realized how tough it was to add this variety in.

Many tears were shed when this quest was finally finished. Here’s the lyrics if anyone’s interested:

“Yes! (Attacking Writer’s Block at Dawn)”

Been trying to think of words that’ll blow the class away.
But when I hit the mic, my mind just goes astray.
I’m glad these lyrics don’t have to be top notch
Hot potatoes, yogurt, turkey dipped in butterscotch.

Oh wow that last line had no relevance but it rhymed
Now I gotta think of something so that I’m not wasting time
The clock is ticking and I’m pulling my hair out thinking
“I’m not a writer why do I even bother I should sit and pout.”

Pony: Really? Shut up!
Me: But I suck at this!
Pony: You just wrote 2 stanzas you can do this!
Me: You’re right! Thanks imaginary pony!
Pony: Anytime!

Pick up a pencil with the strength of 100 Thors!
Raise it high like a weapon of a mighty war!
Scribble down each word as I hear the choir sing for me
So much desire, I’m on fire, got my whole life on a striiiiiing!

I’m almost there, my whole body screams in bliss!
That sounded creepy, I should change that…okay what’d I miss?
Got my intro, got my chorus, still don’t have a title yet.
But as I marvel at my work, all that I can say is “yes.”

I’ve got the first half and it doesn’t sound that bad
I’m actually humming it as I’m thinking of more to add.
I think there’s a solo next featuring a piano synth
But just incase their isn’t, I’m gonna sing one too just like (this)

This part the melody was made by me
I think it sounds really epic.
This part will overlay the chorus part
But now it’s just a bridge into the next section

Pick up a pencil with the strength of 100 Thors!
Raise it high like a weapon of a mighty war!
Scribble down each word as I hear the choir sing for me
So much desire, I’m on fire, got my whole life on a striiiiiing!

[Repeating solo overlay] I’m almost there, my whole body screams in bliss!
That sounded creepy, I should change that…okay what’d I miss?
Got my intro, got my chorus, still don’t have a title yet.
Now that I finished the whole song, all that I can say is “yes.”

All I can say is “yes!”

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