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FDP Forum / Tin Pan Alley - Songwriting / How Do You Write "The Blues"...

green331

USA

Dec 20th, 2008 01:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

...when you don't have the blues?

I love blues and try to write blues, but life is pretty good. Not in the sense of the material things in life, just life, family, music and attitude.

Makes it hard to write the blues.

yellowrubberduck

Vancouver, Canada

We are all Canucks
Dec 20th, 2008 02:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

you're not limited to write about your own life.. look at the world around you... poeple you know or down't know. make up a story in your head. but if you want to keep it about yourself, well then you must have been a bad day once??? ever!?!?

i wrote a song called 'i ain't know blues man' and it's pretty much as you described.. it's about how life isn't that bad, my girl didn't leave me, i still have a job and so on, so why am i singing the blues. i forget the words, i have it somewhere on an old hard drive. it wasn't any good but a the same topic.

green331

USA

Dec 20th, 2008 07:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a song sort of like that...called "It's Hard to Sing the Blues"...got family, got a good woman and so forth.

Solomio

Canada/Montreal

Dec 20th, 2008 07:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Green...are you Afro American ?
Let's take a look at the written work of caucasian blues.
solomio

mark bjorke
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Dec 21st, 2008 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't buy into the myth. You don't have to be opressed, black, poor or anything else.

Talent and work are all that's required.

green331

USA

Dec 21st, 2008 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No, I'm not Afro-American. I understand the origins and history of the blues. However, slavery has been over with (in this country) for a long time and people, both black and white, continue to write new blues material. Things evolve. The world moves on.

For whatever reason, I feel a connection with the blues that I feel with no other style of music. It's what moves me. I just wish I could do a better job of expressing that connection in my own writing.

Thanks for the replys.

Solomio

Canada/Montreal

Dec 21st, 2008 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Quote
"Don't buy into the myth. You don't have to be opressed, black, poor or anything else. " Unquote

It helps.

Quote:"Talent and work are all that's required" Unquote

Wrong. Writing blues requires feeling. Without feeling talent and work does not create the blues.
solomio

mark bjorke
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rockette surgeon
Dec 22nd, 2008 03:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I guess you're out of luck then.

Solomio

Canada/Montreal

Dec 22nd, 2008 04:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes that would be another complimentary criteria for writing the blues. Being out of luck.
You don't write the blues, the blues writes you.
solomio

Tad Troilo
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Jan 26th, 2009 06:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently wrote a blues tune about a crappy gig we had about a year ago.

Twisted all the strange treatment we received into a narrative about a guy on a farm...worked pretty well I think.

Blues doesn't always have to be "I'm broke....oh so broke....I'm broke and my women took the car..."

just my 2 cents.



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Mid-Mo.

One note short of a chord
Feb 11th, 2009 11:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One of mine was my son going to Iraq. Pretty easy to understand the motivation."Carry on Soldier"

So Far...............you've gone so far away
And it's so Hard.....but I'm prayin' everyday
Carry On Soldier.....til your headed back this way

Stay safe.........and keep that Bible in your vest
Have faith.........you are serving with the best
Carry on Soldier....til you come back west

Be strong..........show courage while you're there
Hang on............hurry back to those who care
Carry on Soldier...while you've got this cross to bear.

It's on our new CD. If you want to hear go to link. Track # 2 on player.

Putnam-Short, new CD

(This message was last edited by 3putt at 01:17 PM, Feb 11th, 2009)

benjybeaver
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USA - Illinois

Age is a number..."Old" is an attitude.
Feb 11th, 2009 11:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bob,
That's a really beautiful song...

the rest of the CD kicks hard too

Ben

Mauer and Verson

3putt
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Mid-Mo.

One note short of a chord
Feb 11th, 2009 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

benjy....Thanks. I travel to Illinois all the time on business...where are located? We should hook up sometime.

Putnam-Short, new CD

benjybeaver
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USA - Illinois

Age is a number..."Old" is an attitude.
Feb 11th, 2009 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am in Buffalo Grove, and I would LOVE to play together. Lights on

Mauer and Verson

(This message was last edited by benjybeaver at 05:31 PM, Feb 11th, 2009)

mrblues
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The Void

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Feb 16th, 2009 05:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here are some more fun stereotypes:
I can't write a pop song cause I'm not a 19 year old media whore

I can't write classical music because I'm not old and I don't have a powdered wig

I can't write jazz cause I don't have a beret and I don't smoke weed

I can't write country music cause i don't live on a farm or own a truck

I can't write a folk song cause I wasn't a hippie in the sixties

Shall we keep going or have I made my point?

P.S. If you read up on the origins of the blues, you'll find that people sang the blues to get their minds *off* the blues. Sometimes that came out in the form of singing about what their troubles were, but just as often the songs were about wine, women, travelling, partying, whatever made them forget their troubles. It's a shame that everybody now thinks the blues *has* to be about "well my woman runned off ba dum ba dum".

(This message was last edited by mrblues at 05:31 PM, Feb 16th, 2009)

dmoulton
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canada

Oct 18th, 2009 06:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've found that some of my old rock ballad/folky kind of songs can be used in blues format, same words different chord structure.
Actually surprising how easy it was for some.

David

kve
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Crozet, VA

Oct 19th, 2009 05:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"It's a shame that everybody now thinks the blues *has* to be about "well my woman runned off ba dum ba dum"."

Hey, I wrote a blues song about feeling bad because the woman came back!

Kevin

True Blues

BlondeStrat
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Las Vegas Nevada USA

Can't complain, but sometimes I still do
Oct 19th, 2009 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Standard blues type song written by my buddy Mike.

Please, Please

fendrguitplayr
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Greater Boston

Fighting cancer is a lifelong deal
Oct 29th, 2009 01:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sometimes I play the music first and forget about adding lyrics ;)

Blues

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