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Meg Mac EP Tour

Cool Stuff,  Inspiration,  Studio

so maddy and i had the privilege of seeing the amazing MEC MAC a couple of weekends ago. she was pretty darn amazing and i wanted to just share my experience, and also enlighten those of you not aware of her talent.

i knew meg back in my waapa days (wasn’t that long ago really), and actually saw/heard some of these songs developing. it was really cool to see how much the songs had changed – and all for the better. the melodies are all so smooth. like they’re unpredictable but they sound right – not over done. i really appreciate it when a singer knows when to hold out a long note, or cut it short, and then use trills and runs for a little extra colour rather than flipping their way through the whole song. musically i was pretty impressed with what was done with only a keys player, bass player, and drummer. there were lot’s of electronic sounds giving it a sort of pop and r’n’b blend, with meg’s soulful vocals over the top. i’d say the highlight for me was hearing them perform ‘grandma’s hands.’ it was literally flawless. everyone around me was completely in awe of her and the band, and all so thrilled to be there with her. it was a serious honour and i was proud! aaaanyway, just wanted to share my lil experience witchyall.

please check out her EP and buy it on itunes here, or visit her store here for the real life thing !!

 

meg

Golden Electric

Cool Stuff,  Inspiration

so, you could say i’m excited…

kimbra and janelle monae, are touring australia and nz! this is approximately my dream duo. i could not think of two cuter, talented spunks to be playing together. if you have been reading the blog for a little while you would definitely know my love for kimbra. she is really one of my all time favourites and a massive inspiration for me. janelle is also a musical icon for me. what i love about them both is how they move away from the predictable conventions when it comes to pop music, and increase the soul! and lord knows we all need more soul! i think kimbra’s attention to detail in every single one of her songs, and her ability to manipulate her voice and layer sounds is highly impressive/beautiful to my ears/covetous! and janelle’s cutesy lyrics, merged with funky melody lines is greatly underdone in today’s popular music culture. both manage to really take aspects from the old and merge it with the new, and i applaud and adore them!

i went and saw kimbra when she played a couple of years ago, and wow, like wow, that performance really grew my appreciation for her talent even more. unfortunately it was at a night club so maddy couldn’t come! (insert painfully sad emoji – the one with the big sad mouth). but this time, she will be right with me! i know for her, janelle is played almost every day. so, tickets go on sale on the 14th, and we will be waiting! you can get tix here.

here is there little trailer for the tour…

see you all there!
dan xx

lyrics

Inspiration,  Lyrics,  Writing

lyrics. lyrics lyrics lyrics.

i tell you, they are one of the biggest obstacles that i face. but i think honestly, i haven’t worked hard enough in this area. i do believe that there are very poetic people in this world, and sentence-forming is something that comes not just naturally but smoothly to them! it’s a bit unfair, but then again, we all have our strengths. and our weaknesses, and i think for me this is one of them! so i thought i’d do some thinking out loud, well, type as i think, and go over some lyrics of who i think really have the gift of the gab-in-song.

 

brooke

 

firstly would be brooke fraser. now if ever you need a menial task to sound romantic, ask brooke. these are the lyrics to her song ‘sailboats'(which is hardly menial, but a real love song) off her ablum FLAGS.

We’re adrift on a sailboat,
My love is the sea.
Yours is the horizon, constant and steady.

You set my limbs locked hard afloat,
Lifted my lonesome sail.

The tide is out, the moon is high,
We’re sailing.

Darling you love is healing,
It makes the bitter sweet.
Warms the winter to spring again, secures the cold’s defeat.
We’re cutting anchor, casting out,
In to the glorious deep.

The tide is out, the moon is high,
We’re sailing.

When we’ve succumb to decrepitude.
Still our love will remain in it’s youth.

The tide is out, the moon is high,
We’re sailing.We’re sailing. We’re sailing.

after reading through i’ve kind of thought to myself, the lyrics are not as striking as when they’re backed by her beautiful tone and tasteful melody. however there are a few things, that really, i just would not think to do. firstly i think my best friend could be a thesaurus. succumb isn’t a word i find in my daily vocabulary, and i actually had to look up what decrepitude meant. the way you form the line is just so crutial! for example when we’ve succumb to decrepitude. could also be said as, when we give in to feeling weak. mmm. i also don’t think it’s very often that we hear a really good metaphor in a song without it sounding way too cheesy. and let’s be honest, describing your love as an ocean has definitely been overdone, yet brooke brings a freshness to it and a real classiness so that you imagine yourself on a sailboat! i don’t know, perhaps my judgment would have been different had i not heard the song before really inspecting the lyrics?

i guess my main point in all of this, is just how much i need to develop my lyrics. it is possible to rhyme without sounding like dr seuss! often when i write, i find myself getting stuck in a bit of a rut! i just need one more line to finish the phrase, yet nothing is natural nothing is flowing so i make up some ridiculous cliche line that we have all heard a thousand times, and instead of revising the song a week later, (with a thesaurus!) i deem that song as no good. i’m going to stop that.

anyway, have a listen to this beautiful song here, and appreciate it as the whole package!

i’ll be back with another lyrical genius soon.

dan xx

matt corby

Covers,  Inspiration

hey friends.

so i love matt corby. his voice is just, ugh, from God that’s for sure. anyway the other day at uni i was scheduled to do a little singer/songwriter performance at the cafe and i covered one of his songs ‘big eyes’. he said that he wrote it about God, and to be honest i don’t really even understand what half of the things he says means, but i do know that he just sounds gorgeous. anyway. point is i recorded it. and then i put it on youtube. and now here we are. trying to get you to listen to it. so click here to listen and ah, let me know what you think.

dan x