Songwriting & Storytelling
When writing songs, I focus on the lyrics and create vocal melodies to compliment these. I tell stories through my songs, and continually tweak the words and tune until they do the story justice. I believe every song once perfected has the potential to be great in the right setting. To me, the definition of a great song is one that evokes an emotional reaction in the listener.
My song concepts are often inspired by the events of my life, or those closest to me. As they say, you write what you know. I’m also inspired by the stories of others, empathising with them and writing songs from their perspective.
While I’m driving, the creative part of my mind is free to roam. If you ever listen to a first concept recording of one of my songs, there’s a good chance it will be accompanied by steering wheel percussion and road noise.
If you’re interested in exploring some of the songs I’ve written, have a look at my Songs page.
Get in touch if you’d like to work together.
If your talents are primarily in the production / arrangement of songs, I’d love to hear from you. I’m open to developing existing concepts or creating new ones.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a bus driver. I saw all the coins people would drop into the ticket machine, and thought bus drivers must be incredibly wealthy, and I wanted that. Bear in mind, I was about 4 or 5 at the time. My only use for money was during the occasional walk down to the corner store where I’d buy penny sweets. But still, even with very little understanding and no real need or benefits from money, I wanted it, and I wanted a lot of it.
I originally wrote the first sentence starting with “when I was a little girl”, but changed this to simply “younger”. Like wanting money, I learnt young that even if what you’re saying might be of interest to someone, you need to say it in an interesting way or they won’t listen long enough to learn that it’s of interest.
I don’t think it’s cynical to acknowledge these facts, or untrue to myself to have changed my behaviour and phrasing as a result. I consider myself both pragmatist and day dreamer.
I’m also both storyteller and captive audience. I love music and how it can reach out to people you’ve never met and communicate something they may not be able to hear or accept from a conversation. To be able to break through with this message, you need to deliver it in a way which isn’t boring.