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Finished writing my third album, started on the fourth...

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Skold  
24 May 2008 03:14 | Quote
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Finally started writing again, and now the songs are more riff based than chord based. With the fourth album, I've got kind of a Beatles/Soul Asylum feel floating around.

I'm about four songs in, and I'm about to go down to the pool and write another. Any ideas on how I can kick up some inspiration (lyrically)?
joe  
24 May 2008 04:16 | Quote
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anything notable happened between the albums you can write about?

heard anything interesting in the news that you have an opinion about?

if not just reading loads helps for inspiration.

also do you have a link to your myspace or whatever so people can hear this new stuff?

Skold  
24 May 2008 04:58 | Quote
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myspace.com/americanbrits

Unfortunately, I don't have any of the NEW stuff uploaded at this time.
telecrater  
24 May 2008 07:22 | Quote
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Skold, how old are you? working on your 4'th album pretty impressive. I have some songs I have been working on for 10 years. I'm too anal and every thing has to be near-prefect. yep i'm a freak!!!!!!!!

I find inspiration and passion in odd places. Mostly form diffrent persepectives. Go for a drive and look at stuff. go sit under a bridge for a while. stay up all night, sit at a bus station for an hour. watch people and try to be invisible, and blend in. go to a bar or a laundry mat and just watch the interactions of people. give a homeless guy a buck and sit and talk with him. get drunk wake up with a hangover and look for now perspectives. most importantly get outside of your comfortzone.
Skold  
24 May 2008 08:14 | Quote
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That's some really good advice, guys. I especially like the "talking to a homeless guy" idea. A buddy of mine once did that, and he said "This guy just fuckin opened my mind to shit that was the utter truth".

I'm 15, turning 16 in September. Thanks for the compliment, mate.
GuitarBoy666  
24 May 2008 10:37 | Quote
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If yer gonna be at a pool, write about the chicks in bikinis there xD
Skold  
24 May 2008 11:59 | Quote
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@GB666

Umm....No.
GuitarBoy666  
24 May 2008 13:11 | Quote
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Skold says:
Umm....No.


The guys then?
Maybe you swing THAT way?
Skold  
24 May 2008 13:47 | Quote
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@GB66

No, I just think singing/writing about girls in bikinis is useless.
GuitarBoy666  
24 May 2008 13:57 | Quote
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Yeah aha I'm just pissin with yah.
Write about your emotions.
Think about how your feeling and then write down words that go with that, and then like clay, try to morph it into a song. Then just put the instrumentals behind it
Notim  
24 May 2008 15:11 | Quote
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or just go out and experiece things
Phip  
24 May 2008 18:08 | Quote
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@ Skold
I'll give you two lines. see what you can do with them. you got 30 minutes then we expect to see the finished product! LOL
I'm not cryin'
I just stopped tryin'
telecrater  
24 May 2008 20:15 | Quote
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I think the bigest challenge about inspiration , is that you get used to something and comfortable with your day to day. if you like Notim said and experience things then you break out of that normal day to day stuff and may find new inspiration.

I moved across the country with out my family to start a new job. So during my drive i noted down some observations. now I'll put them into a song some time I just have not been inspired musically lately.
Skold  
26 May 2008 09:18 | Quote
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Yeah, I understand not being inspired, man.

Well, I'm 6 songs into the album (like always, 12 to finish), and I thought I'd give you guys a little taste of the writing on it.

"All I Want Is Love": There she goes again, running through her life. I can see the sun again. Is it worth living for in strife? You could be the eriquinn. Is it worth working for her love? I could have all I wanted then, but all I want is love, love. All I want is love.



Note: Can you find the Beatles homage?
GRX40  
26 May 2008 10:19 | Quote
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Skold says:
Note: Can you find the Beatles homage?
Um, is the title a play off the song "All You Need is Love"?
Skold  
26 May 2008 10:31 | Quote
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That's part of it, GRX.
GRX40  
26 May 2008 11:52 | Quote
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Hmm, well I don't listen to the Beatles too much, but I have an idea.

Skold says:
I can see the sun again.
Is this from "Here Comes the Sun"? That's a Beatles song right?
blackholesun  
26 May 2008 12:09 | Quote
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Yeah, there's those two, but I can't see any others.
Skold  
26 May 2008 12:24 | Quote
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There's another part of it. GRX, you almost got 2/3 of them on the first try.
Phip  
26 May 2008 14:24 | Quote
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run for your life
soy.el.che  
26 May 2008 19:51 | Quote
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travel, invite the hottest chick on school on a date, travel to a place with lot of tourists and meet chicks, think bout war in irak (check the irak from apple vid on youtube) get into problems, theres a lot of ways to get inspiration... abortionis a good thing to write about, drugs, sex, or a story.. any adventure youve had.. for example once i went camping in new mexico and a bear stole all my food.. thats a real story
Doz  
26 May 2008 20:37 | Quote
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Write about what matters to you, and only that.
les_paul  
26 May 2008 20:46 | Quote
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I agree with Doz. If you just write something to try to gain others approval of the song or to sound cool, it total takes the expression out of the song and makes it all about image.
Skold  
27 May 2008 04:35 | Quote
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In my opinion, one can only write about what he or she knows. The rest is merely a fable.
Skold  
27 May 2008 05:37 | Quote
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Alright, since you guys couldn't find the 3rd homage, I'll tell you.

In the song "All you need it love", the last lyrics of the chorus is "All you need is love, love. Love is all you need". Now, take a look at the last lyric in my song: "All I want is love, love. All I want is love".
Skold  
27 May 2008 05:40 | Quote
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@SOY

I can't really write about that stuff because I've never experienced it, and it's just not something I think about all the time. I mean, I'll write songs based on experiences friends of mine have had, but writing about war and such is best left to punk bands.
blackholesun  
27 May 2008 07:07 | Quote
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Oh, I got that. I thought that was the first homage though! I wouldn't try to fit as many Beatles homages into one verse though!

And I would disagree with songs about war being written by punk bands. I mean, check out "One" and "For Whom The Bell Tolls" by Metallica, or "Rooster" by Alice In Chains which is largely acoustic-based.

Come to think about it, "Rooster" is about Jerry Cantrell's dad, who was in Vietnam, so if you don't have experiences yourself then you could talk to your parents or grandparents etc. Not just about war, but anything about living in the generations preceding us.
Doz  
27 May 2008 08:41 | Quote
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Skold: it doesn't have to have affected you directly, but if there's something you feel strongly about you can write about it without actualy experiencing it... like war. And I wouldn't say it's best left to punk bands.

I also got that Beatles referance, but as BHS said, a little much in just one verse.
Skold  
27 May 2008 09:32 | Quote
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I only actually discovered the other two Beatles references after listening to them (after the lyrics were written). Then I went back and saw a handful of them.
Doz  
27 May 2008 12:34 | Quote
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So... they aren't actually referances then? Just coincidance?
Skold  
27 May 2008 12:58 | Quote
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I prefer to call them "accidental homages".


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