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New WIP - A song about a writer

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  • New WIP - A song about a writer

    I think I want to tell a story about a writer who sticks to what he believes in and doesn't buckle under the pressure of commercial publishers telling him what sells and how he should change his work etc...

    He self-publishes an e-book which sells magnificently.

    I need to decide on an angle, so if anyone knows of any other songs that deal with this subject matter, I'd be grateful if you would post them, so that I can familiarise myself with them and don't cover the same ground.

    Here's the 1st snippet of the idea:

    And when you fill your life

    With commercial compromise

    Somewhere in your world

    The unborn artist dies

    'Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn'.
    CHARLIE PARKER

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    Example #1:

     

    Beware of deepities.<br>-- Daniel Dennett

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    • oldgitplayer
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      Monkey Uncle wrote:

      Example #1:


      Thanks Uncle Monkey - I wouldn't be anywhere near close to the point of view in that song.


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    My immediate thought was the Beatles's 'Paperback Writer.' I guess you're going for sort of the opposite of their writer, who seems quite eager to sell out!

    Considering the sales of my own ebooks, I wouldn't mind selling out myself....png" alt=":smileyfrustrated:" title="Smiley Frustrated" />

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    • blue2blue
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      I can just hear the end of the chorus, "Eeeeeeee-book Wri-tuh!"


      = D


       


      I like the lines in OGP's OP as a theme for the song, but they seem a little on-the-nose for actual lines. I'm thinking slip that message in there between the lines and the listener will be a little more involved -- and flattered that the songwriter gave him credit for sussing out the meaning...


  • #4

    oldgitplayer wrote:

    I think I want to tell a story about a writer who sticks to what he believes in and doesn't buckle under the pressure of commercial publishers telling him what sells and how he should change his work etc...

    He self-publishes an e-book which sells magnificently.

    I need to decide on an angle, so if anyone knows of any other songs that deal with this subject matter, I'd be grateful if you would post them, so that I can familiarise myself with them and don't cover the same ground.

    Here's the 1st snippet of the idea:

    And when you fill your life

    With commercial compromise

    Somewhere in your world

    The unborn artist dies


    I find it hard to believe that the ebook sells magnificently.

     

    If the ebook sold 100 copies I have some back burner ideas from a notion I have provisionally titled "The Ballad of Uncle Lenny".

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    Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.

    -Coco Chanel

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    • oldgitplayer
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      rsadasiv wrote:



      I find it hard to believe that the ebook sells magnificently.

       


      Yeh - I think I'm dropping the e-book idea all together.

      Still waiting for the Man Muse


  • #5

    Git -


    Nothing wrong with where you are going with this. But I thought you could make this an even bigger idea by dealing with the whole subject of a person compromising their values. The actual part about something he/she writes could be just one verse in a larger story.


    There could be a number of resolutions to this. Anger - and he finally does not compromise.  Sadness - he compromised is whole life and then compromised on the way to the grave. To name a couple.

     

    Rick

     

    <div class="signaturecontainer"><i>&quot;Now and then... occasionally... it seems to have.... too many notes&quot;</i><br></div>

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    • oldgitplayer
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      rickidoo wrote:

      There could be a number of resolutions to this. Anger - and he finally does not compromise.  Sadness - he compromised is whole life and then compromised on the way to the grave. To name a couple.

       Rick


      Thanks Rick, but I don't think I could write the song you describe without the subject matter being spread to thin.

      I want to focus on the creative aspect of the artist being eroded by kowtowing to the Industry.


  • #6
    I like this idea. I'm not crazy about the word commercial, as it has a lot of baggage. I'd say, try this stanza without the word commercial and see how you like it

    And maybe, and this is stretching it I realize, instead of the artist, how about an artist. Alluding to the butterfly effect.
    Thomas Jefferson said... "The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as His father, in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter." hmmm...

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    • oldgitplayer
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      Lee Knight wrote:
      I like this idea. I'm not crazy about the word commercial, as it has a lot of baggage. I'd say, try this stanza without the word commercial and see how you like it

      And maybe, and this is stretching it I realize, instead of the artist, how about an artist. Alluding to the butterfly effect.

      Yep - I'm only planning to use the line 'the unborn artist dies'. The rest is just the idea.

      I don't know what you mean by :  instead of the artist, how about an artist. Alluding to the butterfly effect.

      Please elaborate.

      At the moment I'm going nowhere with this.



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