Tell me your story; let me write your song

I’ve been writing music now for over 20years. Not even kidding. I’ve kept the lyrics for over 400 songs that I’ve written / half composed. I’ve recorded two EP’s now with my band Static Era, and we are just about to release our first album. It’s pretty exciting. But it’s also terrifying. Why? Because every song I have ever written is an up-close, intimate snapshot of my life – a window into the life that is Emma G – and by sharing that music with the public either online or on an album is literally giving the world a piece of my soul.

I love it.

As I was going over the lyrics for the album yesterday, I couldn’t help but chuckle a wee bit at the wonder of it all. This album is the culmination of hours of frustration, hard work, tears, laughter, foolishness, idiocy, smiles, success and creative word vomit. So I thought I’d give you an insight to the behind the scenes of some of our songs on the album…

Start

It’s pretty obviously a frustrated love song (I’ve written a few of those haha) – about a comedian I briefly dated actually. When I wrote this song, Dave (drummer) told me two things: 1. I say too much, and 2. I’m too blunt. Both are pretty accurate statements,  really. But while I’ve always reveled in being a straight shooter, it WAS a wee bit awkward when he (the comedian, I mean), finally heard the song… ah well. Perks of dating a creative, I guess.

So sore

I actually wrote this song when I was 15. With the incredible support of my music teacher at the time (whom I’m lucky to still have as a friend these days), I wrote out a lot of my teenage angst in songs. I was processing quite a bit in So Sore; strange relationships, drug addictions that I wanted to leave behind, the societal pressures of religion (or being told I needed religion), and, believe it or not, the racial pressures of having gang expectations – for lack of a better term haha – placed on me. It was a particularly strange period of my life. Though,  life is pretty strange.

Nobody’s Toy

Originally, this song was called Walk Away, but as a band we decided to completely rewrite it, and it became this little rebel of a thing telling you to not walk away from life’s problems, but telling those problems to essentially fuck right off. Filming the video for Nobody’s Toy was incredible too,  because subconsciously I was able to harness the lyrics from the song, and work up the courage to leave an abusive relationship…. but that’s another story.

Fire Away

Chris (guitarist and one of my best friends) and I actually wrote this song together. We wanted to acknowledge the number of obstacles that people are faced with on a day to day basis, and essentially giving them/us/me the permission or ability to say “bring it on! I’m stronger than you!”.

I find a lot of what I write is for me. My lyrics are there to spur me on and give me courage, hope and strength. If they can also help others… well, that’s an epic bonus.

One of the only times I’ve actually written for someone else though, is with our new song “Dear Me”. Inspired by one of my students, I wanted to give her a ticket of hope when she was feeling suicidal herself. So I wrote her a letter of song; reminding her to hold on and think about the potential for tomorrow’s.

I’m excited about the album release, and about sharing my life with you.

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2 thoughts on “Tell me your story; let me write your song

  1. Hiya looking forward to hearing your new album. .. read your blog and decided put in a question for you.
    I do a bit of personal writing and have done for many years I’m 51 and write to gather my thoughts and feelings using analogies to describe events in my life. I do this t make my thoughts more understandable to others if I choose to share my writing. I have been told that some of my pieces are very good not that I totally believe people. .. but my question to you is this do you or have you ever used others journeys to put to music? I’m asking because I have one piece of work that I wrote that id love to be put to music.. not sure how that could be done but would love some feedback on how I could look into the possibility. .. look forward to any suggestions you may have.
    michele

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    1. Hey Michele,
      I’ve done a couple of things regarding working with other people’s music / lyrics.
      1. I’ve been given pieces of music to write lyrics to, and have been given a theme / idea that the composers wanted to portray. So in that sense, yes, I’ve definitely worked with other people’s stories / journeys.
      2. (and I think this is what you more were referring to) I have only actually sung a song written by someone else once – not because other songs haven’t been good, but I need to connect with a song in order to give it justice, I think. If you have lyrics / a story that you want to put to music, I suggest contacting a few musicians you know, and seeing if your story grabs them – that way, they’ll be more likely to sing it, I think.
      I hope that helps 🙂

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