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Elias Graves

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Do you have a subject that you use in your songs more than others? I find that more of my songs are character and/or story based than other topics. I have always been a little uncomfortable writing about relationships in a serious way. Most of my songs in that vein tend to have a humorous take.

 

Do you find yourself writing more love songs, protest songs, angry songs or the like? If so, do you ever feel compelled to change things up just because?

 

Or do you write about a wide variety all the time?

 

EG

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Hi Elias:

 

I also tend to write narrative, rather than lyrical, material. As for themes, I write about whatever my brain throws at me!

 

And I, too, have a weakness for humourous songs.:)

 

cheers

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My best stuff has always been about the uncertain dynamic of a man and woman's relationship. My best stuff is 1st person. I'm trying to break from that. Not so easy for me.

 

 

I have a hard time dealing with very personal subjects in song and I suppose that's why I tend to treat them with humor. It helps me avoid getting too personal I think.

 

Writing about characters and stories and in third person lets me avoid baring too much. A personal weakness I suppose. I would like to write more personal stuff, however, I feel very awkward doing so.

 

EG

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I have a hard time dealing with very personal subjects in song and I suppose that's why I tend to treat them with humor. It helps me avoid getting too personal I think.


Writing about characters and stories and in third person lets me avoid baring too much. A personal weakness I suppose. I would like to write more personal stuff, however, I feel very awkward doing so.


EG

 

How can you bare too much? Who's to know and who really cares? It's a song, not a memoir or a piece of non-fiction. :idk:

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Hmm, ok good question.

 

I have 40 songs on soundclick, here is the breakdown:

 

9 breakup songs

2 end of the world

2 feelings of guilt

2 couple staying together

2 religious

2 reminiscing

2 death

1 having confidence

1 going insane

1 "get out of my face"

1 heartbreak

1 perserverence

1 a girl in a coma

1 feeling low

1 drinking

1 an obsessive girl

1 social commentary

1 a wizard

1 thinking of someone

1 about a singer

1 depression

1 being lonely

1 about a girl who won't love anyone

1 the city of chicago

1 CariAnn

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My best stuff is 1st person. I'm trying to break from that. Not so easy for me.

 

 

I experience the same thing...

 

some of my favorite artist tend to be the story tellers. I've just always had a hard time pulling it off

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Hmm, ok good question.


I have 40 songs on soundclick, here is the breakdown:


9 breakup songs

2 end of the world

2 feelings of guilt

2 couple staying together

2 religious

2 reminiscing

2 death

1 having confidence

1 going insane

1 "get out of my face"

1 heartbreak

1 perserverence

1 a girl in a coma

1 feeling low

1 drinking

1 an obsessive girl

1 social commentary

1 a wizard

1 thinking of someone

1 about a singer

1 depression

1 being lonely

1 about a girl who won't love anyone

1 the city of chicago

1 CariAnn

 

 

You will easily win the diversty award. Good work.

 

EG

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Hmm, here's what I have on soundclick. :idk:

 

 

 

Family and rebellion

Summer on an Atlantic barrier island

French social justice

Coffee and temporary employment

A long term sexual relationship

Life in the ghetto

Miscarriage

God

Work and family

Work and family

Marriage

Drug addiction, divorce and family

Death and family

A one night stand

Time

Marriage and family

Metaphysics

Breakup

Gender confusion

Death and loneliness

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Find it's less important what a song's about than how it's about it. Who cares what the songs about, as long as it's pulled of with style and pizzaz.

 

Take Bob Dylan's "Clothes Line Saga"

 

http://www.bobdylan.com/#/songs/clothes-line-saga

 

Is it just a song about doing the laundry? Or is it a meditation on how life is a collection of mundane chores? A simple slice of life portrait? A humerous take on small town life? Who the hell knows. And who cares? It's fun to listen to and fund to sing along with. But more if you want it to be.

 

Most songs should be like that. Cause really, what more is there to say about anything? It's how you say that matters.

 

One more Example:

 

Estelle's "American Boy"

 

http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/e/estelle/american_boy.html

 

Big hit last year. This song couldn't have a sillier topic: going overseas with a cute boy. But the execution is thrilling.

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Hmm, here's what I have on soundclick.
:idk:



Family and rebellion

Summer on an Atlantic barrier island

French social justice

Coffee and temporary employment

A long term sexual relationship

Life in the ghetto

Miscarriage

God

Work and family

Work and family

Marriage

Drug addiction, divorce and family

Death and family

A one night stand

Time

Marriage and family

Metaphysics

Breakup

Gender confusion

Death and loneliness

 

A pretty diverse selection there as well.

 

EG

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it's said "Every picture tells a story" could also be said the same for a song

well,,,,,,,,,, mine don't:facepalm:

I write, or try to, about whatever's on my mind at the time

maybe the reason I've done so many instrumentals latey,, I'm flatlining

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I write about anything. Quite often mainly nonsense, or only decipherable by me, but I don't really care. I never think people really listen to the lyrics live anyway (or not as much as you think they will anyway) and no-one buys our records (mainly because we don't sell them just hoard them like four little Golums)

 

Recent compositions:

 

a fantasy story about Steve McQueen stealing my snowplow and chasing criminals through the streets of San Francisco, Bullitt style (but really slowly)

 

'Who's The Spider?' is based on an old pass-the-doob game

 

One about how much my GF loves driving

 

One about how much I hate Bono from U2

 

A song called 1s and 0s about how the world has become homogenous and digitalised (the refrain is 'Don't ever count to two!')

 

A song about my cat (as I don't have kids it's my replacement for the inevitable soppy fathering song that everyone seems to write)

 

And one about being the captain of a clipper ship bringing tea from India in the 19th century while his wife waits at home without modern communications she doesn't know whether he'd dead or alive.

 

(Maybe I should write a song about my propensity for using lots of brackets when posting on internet forums. Perhaps that's just a step too far {or maybe not} [nah, definitely not])

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You'll all hate me for this, but here's mine:

 

Death

Depression

Suicide

Fire

Blasphemy

Unrequited Love

Self-hate

Sexual orientation confusion/realization

 

Oh, and can't forget about the occasional "get the hell over it" song.

 

Damn, I need to start writing happy stuff...

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You'll all hate me for this, but here's mine:


Death

Depression

Suicide

Fire

Blasphemy

Unrequited Love

Self-hate

Sexual orientation confusion/realization


Oh, and can't forget about the occasional "get the hell over it" song.


Damn, I need to start writing happy stuff...

 

 

We need more "get the hell over it" songs. Maybe we wouldn't get so self absorbed with more songs like that.

 

EG

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