Well I have friend Benjamin in Sweden who listened to And Then You Were Gone and a friend in Malta who listened to Near To You Is What I Want. Both tipped me with NeuCoins. Thank you! I have been writing a lot. I have 4 songs in various states of completion. All of them seemed easy to write because each of them sprang from my immediate present. My chicken and the egg goes this way: first I write down my ideas for the lyrics which can take a few hours or a few days and then I get some input from my family. Next I sit at my piano and put music to the words. Usually I decide on the tone which dictates the key and then I experiment with various rhythms. Next I experiment with various melodies. Next I try singing the lyrics with my music ideas to see if my music ideas fit with the lyrics I wrote. Usually there is tweaking with both lyrics and music at this point. Then if I think I’m on to something, I sing the new song through a few times to see how it sets in my ears. Next I invite others to listen to see how they like it and listen to their suggestions. The following day is usually one of improving the flow of the lyrics and making sure that the lyrics say what I want to say. The same goes for the music. Sometimes I leave it alone because I wrote the right music the first time, but most of the time I have to change the music up either a little or a bit or even try something entirely new. After playing and singing the music for several days and setting it aside for a few more and then singing the music and lyrics again for a few more days, I am usually satisfied with the results and am ready to record it at home on my Zoom. I listen to the song some more times and get more input from family and a friend. I may then rerecord it on my Zoom and house mics getting ready to copyright it before going to a studio to record it. Before being ready to record it in the studio, I rehearse it for about 2-3 weeks with the other songs I am planning to record. During the rehearsal time I decide how I want to interpret the lyrics, I write the intro and decide on any piano improv and verse interludes I am going to do, and finally decide how I’m going to finish off the song both vocally and piano-wise. While recording in the studio I usually record each song 3 times hoping to get a very good interpretation lyrically and instrumentally. When the engineer plays back the version of the track I’ve selected, it is amazing and beautiful to listen to the song I wrote and sung and played on piano. My manager videos the session, so I can look at that too. It feels like a complete day in a few hours when I am recording because I get up early to get my voice exercised and sing my final rehearsal. All the songs then need to be put up on soundcloud.com, joshuaelimusic.com (my website), radioairplay.com, and YouTube with documentation, getting ready for their debut on my album Joshua Eli..In His Element for my new and old friends to listen to.
January 5, 2016