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Sex Type Thing: Stone Temple Pilots (piano vocals cover)

“Sex Type Thing” was released back in 1992 by Stone Temple Pilots from their debut album, Core. One of my favourite STP albums. Scott Weiland said about the song: “This song is really not about sex at all. It’s about control, violence and abuse of power.”
He wrote the lyrics after his girlfriend then was raped during a party by three high school footballers. Weiland has stated the song is an anti-rape statement, not a song about sex.

Sex Type Thing from my ‘From The Basement’ video series:

“Sex Type Thing”

I am, I am, I am
I said I wanna get next to you
I said I gonna get close to you
You wouldn’t want me have to hurt you too, hurt you too?

I ain’t, I ain’t, I ain’t
A buyin’ into your apathy
I’m gonna learn ya my philosophy
You wanna know about atrocity, atrocity?

I know you want what’s on my mind
I know you like what’s on my mind
I know it eats you up inside
I know, you know, you know, you know

I am a man, a man
I’ll give ya somethin’ that ya won’t forget
I said ya shouldn’t have worn that dress
I said ya shouldn’t have worn that dress

I know you want what’s on my mind
I know you like what’s on my mind
I know it eats you up inside
I know, you know, you know, you know

Here I come, I come, I come

I am, I am, I am
I said I wanna get next to you
I said I gonna get close to you
You wouldn’t want me have to hurt you too, hurt you too?

I know you want what’s on my mind
I know you like what’s on my mind
I know it eats you up inside
I know, you know, you know, you know
I know you want what’s on my mind
I know you like what’s on my mind
I know it eats you up inside
I know, you know, you know, you know

Here I come, I come, I come
Here I come, I come, I come
Here I come, I come, I come
Here I come, I come, I come

Thanks for reading and take care!
Cheers

Theo, E-Mute
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How can you help Syrian refugees? Let the world listen to their stories

How to help syrian refugees


I just wanted to draw your attention to a Kickstarter campaign by a new friend of mine Laura Marie Linck a director, photographer, and Stephanie Boyle who is co-producing and also directing. I saw her Facebook post regarding her crowdfunding campaign and I think we all need to contribute to make this happen. If you are wondering how you can help Syrian refugees this is also a way. We get bombarded by the media with all sorts of terror. Let’s not forget that we are talking about human souls here like you and me and their own personal stories NEED to be heard.

”The project is in essence to go to the refugee camp in Calais and speak to the people there, speak to some of the grassroots movements that are working there and try to get a human feel for what is going on at the camp. Because we never hear the human side of the story. We’re seeing them as a mass group of people, an inconvenience to us and that can’t be the truth. They’re just like you and me.” – Stephanie Boyle

What Laura and Stephanie are saying about their project:

In The Jungle is a documentary that will take us deep in the Jungle of Calais where over 6000 refugees are currently living in slum like condition. With this film we want to be able to share with the world the stories from Syrian Refugees. Who they are? Where they come from? Trying to understand what they have been through and how they got to Calais. We are only given one side of the story by the Media. The refugees have become a mass entity rather than individuals. Stripped away from their home, their families, their country, displaced, we seem to have robbed them of their identity and humanity. They are people in transit with no real destination. They are just trying to find a safe new home. With millions of people ‘displaced’ as the Amnesty International puts it we can’t help but wondering where can those people go, who will look after them. As human being we have a duty of care towards one another no matter where we come from, our religion or the colour of our skin. We all breath the same air and dream of peace and prosperity. I can’t help thinking if they had the choice they wouldn’t be here right now. They deserve to be heard and acknowledged as human beings. In The Jungle will be a tale of life, struggle and pure humanity.

You can find all details and support/contribute HERE. We can all make this world a little bit better can’t we? It’s all up to us.

Thanks for reading and take care!
Cheers

Theo, E-Mute
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Frank Zappa on Improvisation & Playing


A cool video extract from a Frank Zappa interview recorded on 12/8/1984. Here he is talking about guitar heroes, improvisation, soloing and playing live. He is talking about his solos being improvised every time and about his old tunes that are always re-arranged one way or another. Zappa is such a character. ”…it’s a game, where you have a piece of time and you get to decorate it…” An outstanding personality, guitarist, composer and overall musician.

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Cheers

Theo, E-Mute
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A piano vocals cover of the Joy Division song Love Will Tear Us Apart.

Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division E-Mute


A piano vocals cover of the Joy Division song Love Will Tear Us Apart.
“Love Will Tear Us Apart” written in August 1979, and first performed live when Joy Division supported Buzzcocks on their UK tour in September 1979. It is one of the few songs in which Ian Curtis played guitar live. The lyrics reflect his frame of mind in the time leading up to his suicide in May 1980. The lyrics also reflect the problems in his marriage. The title is an ironic reference to “Love Will Keep Us Together”. Deborah Curtis, his wife had the phrase “Love Will Tear Us Apart” inscribed on his memorial stone.

The song was first released as a single in June 1980 and became the band’s first chart hit, reaching number 13 in the UK Singles Chart. The band postponed their US tour after Curtis’s death, performed a few short sets as The No-Names, then finally renamed the group as New Order.
Full History at: HERE

Love Will Tear Us Apart Lyrics:

When routine bites hard,
And ambitions are low,
And resentment rides high,
But emotions won’t grow,
And we’re changing our ways,
Taking different roads.

Then love, love will tear us apart again.
Love, love will tear us apart again.

Why is the bedroom so cold?
You’ve turned away on your side.
Is my timing that flawed?
Our respect runs so dry.
Yet there’s still this appeal
That we’ve kept through our lives.

But love, love will tear us apart again.
Love, love will tear us apart again.

You cry out in your sleep,
All my failings exposed.
And there’s a taste in my mouth,
As desperation takes hold.
Just that something so good
Just can’t function no more.

But love, love will tear us apart again.
Love, love will tear us apart again.
Love, love will tear us apart again.
Love, love will tear us apart again.

Writers: Ian Curtis Peter Hook Stephen Morris Bernard Sumner
Performed/arranged by E-Mute
Mixed/mastered by Sigurdór Guðmundsson at Skonrokk Studios.

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Cheers

Theo, E-Mute
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How to find good chords for your song

Find Chords For Your Song Starting with a C chord


The best tool I have found for chords is called Trends by Hook Theory, part of their Theory Tab software. What is Trends? It is a database of chord sequences arranged by popularity. You pick a chord i.e. C major and the software generates all possible combinations of sequences that are used in popular songs.

Check out the screenshots:

Step one) Click a chord to the left. The default key is C and you’re given six possible options for your next chord:

Find Chords For Your Song Starting with a C chord

Step two) Let’s say we clicked on C as our first chord. We get a few different options for our next step.

C–> G as our first option with 26% of songs using the same movement.

C–> F as our second option with 19% of songs using the same movement.

C–> Am as our third option with 10% of songs using the same movement.

C–> Dm as our fourth option with 6% of songs using the same movement.

And so on.

Choosing a C major chord as our first chord for our song

 

I chose to go to a D minor. To continue you just click to the next possible step.

Find Chords For Your Song Starting with a C chord choosing D Minor

 

Then I went for an A minor. So C –> D minor —> A minor. You can carry on and it’ll then give you a perfect chord sequence and a selection of YouTube videos with songs that are using this specific chord movement.

Find Chords For Your Song Starting with a C chord choosing D minor to A minor

 

Their database is quite big so you get a great amount of possibilities. You can also get a detailed harmonic analysis of every song so you can really dive in to your music theory here in a very practical way, or you can get an inspiration for your songwriting with tried and tasted chord sequences! It’s a great tool, congrats to the Hook Theory team!!!

Visit the Trends page HERE

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Cheers

Theo, E-Mute
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How to write a song: A quick guide to music composition

How to write a song tips on songwriting and music composition

I mainly write rock songs but the following guide applies to any genre of pop music.

Tools For The Job:

Songwriting tool kit what you need chords melody research

  • Research. Listen to some music. Decide what kind of song you want to write.
  • Note pad/recording app. Take notes. NEVER think that you’ll remember something!
  • Use the Internet machine. All info is there waiting for you.
  • Song structures. Form. AABA, AABACBB etc.
  • Brainstorming. Find your words and create your story.
  • Find Your chords. Start with the basics.
  • An instrument. (it would help!)
  • Your voice.
  • Your brain

Basic Song Ingredients: 

basic song ingredients harmony lyrics melody and form

  • Form
  • Melody
  • Harmony
  • Lyrics

Form Examples:

Song form examples variations on song structure

  • verse – chorus – verse – chorus – bridge – chorus – end
  • verse – pre-chorus – chorus – bridge – pre-chorus or chorus
  • verse – chorus – music – bridge – chorus – end
  • intro – verse – verse – chorus – verse chorus – bridge – chorus – chorus
  • intro – verse- chorus – intro verse -chorus – bridge – chorus – outro

Finding A Melody:

how to create a good melody tips

  • Record yourself singing freely humming melodies. Listen back, Note down the interesting stuff. The trick is to… NOT CARE.
  • Create your ‘ideas library’
  • Sing arpeggios notes 1, 3, 5, 2, 7,9 of the chords and mix’em up! Try finding a rhythm for your melody first.
  • Think of your melody as a group of phrases. Break it down to different sections.
  • A good melody repeats itself and resolves

Harmony: 

how to come up with good harmonies for your song

  • Create tension and release.
  • Use chord inversions.
  • Chords are there to SERVE your melody. Find your timing and spacing.
  • Depending on your melody, try substituting some chords.

Lyrics: 

how to write lyrics for your song tips

  • Find your subject. Find what you want to write about.
  • Coming up with your title first can help.
  • Brainstorm. Use Google to find words, synonymes and rhymes. perfect rhymes or half rhymes. i.e ‘young’, ‘song’
  • Songwriting is a form of storytelling.
  • Use metaphors. Use repetition.
  • Use the natural rhythm and phrasing of the language. Don’t try to ‘fit in’ words.
  • Use oxymorons.
  • Use alliteration.

a song structure infographic

During the first verse of a song we are setting up the story. When? Where? Who? What? Why? What’s going on?

Your chorus could be your song title perhaps? A chorus sums up what this song is about.

The second verse gives us a bit more of the story. What happened next?

A bridge gives us another point of view. A different dimension of the subject. What if?

Your homework!

tips on songwriting

And a great quote by PJ Harvey here:

PJ Harvey Quote on Songwriting

 
Thanks for reading!

Theo
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