Lyric writing in the car
sometimes you find yourself short of time between writing lyrics and band practice. If this is the case: take a note pad, record a rough version of the track on your phone, cram in the car and get the creative juices flowing whilst operating heavy machinery!
Oh sorry, where are my manners, hello, my name is Jack Cleary and I am the music producer and writer of this new born blog. I wish to share with you the stories from my career as a music producer, I work with some interesting and amazing people! One of those people is Vincent, also know as Fitz from Fitz & Yeah. When I met Vincent it came apparent to me he was a very talented lyric writer! Any producer with their head screwed on will tell you to keep the talented lyricist close, they are few and far between!
So what were we writing in Vincent’s car on the way to practice? We were writing the lyrics for a soulfully electronic music track I had composed and produced about 2 months ago! I knew it had to have a vocal on it (although, I lack the ability to write good lyrics without them coming out cheesier than cheddar)! So I acquired help from Vincent. even though I had capable hands on board we definitely have struggled to write the lyrics! Vincent said “I never spent so long writing lyrics for a track”! Over the last 2 months we have grouped together four to five times to write the extremely difficult lyrics! Yesterday we agree to meet to finish the last verse; we were determined to get the lyrics finished, but it seemed the Brighton and Hove City Council were out to stop us! North Street (The vain of the city) had been closed and the city had been traffic congested, Especially on the road leading to my house! originally we planned to meet at two pm, Vincent didn’t arrive until fifteen minutes past 3. At which point we had to set off to band practice, firstly we had to drive to Lorna’s (The Bassist) place to pick her up. On the trip to Lorna’s we got the first half of the second verse finished, but the lyric flow came to a halt as we picked up Lorna and turned our travels onwards to Micheal’s (The drummer). On arriving to Michael, Vincent, Lorna, Micheal and I practiced vigorously for 3 hours solid. If you don’t know, band practices can be mentally draining and tiring, This was one of those practices. After practice, I started to fell the euphoric tiredness kick. I don’t know if it helped the lyric process, but despite all of our troubles we had finally finished the lyrics, celebratory selfies was in order!
So what is the next step? Now that the lyrics are done we must record them soulful vocals, which will be provided by my sister Angel! I shall write a follow up blog post after recording the vocals.
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In the mean time, you can get another FREE track entitled JazzyMan from my up and coming debut album “The One Who Became Many” at my BandCamp:
Fitz & Yeah band page:
Angel Cleary’s Cover of Black & Gold by Sam Sparro:
Angel Cleary’s and Jack Cleary’s cover of You know I’m no good Amy Winehouse:
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