Virtual Superstar

I often don’t know why I choose the subject matter of a song. It just comes or does it?

Last week I saw this TYT piece and days after I wrote Virtual Superstar. I guess the seed was planted. Here are the lyrics to the chorus.

I’m a virtual superstar

You can find me on my live stream

People think it’s quite bizarre

If you like it you can follow me

The Only Artist I’m feelin ATM

I listen to the entire chart today and, with exception of this and Cardi B Up, I wasn’t terribly impressed. All pretty, …what’s the word I’m looking for, generic ..NAH…..that’s not it…, BORING that’s it big freakin snooze fest!

But I think the future is bright, the potential is there and I’m waiting and looking forward to the day it happens. I get glimpses but from Bosco and other underground artists..but nothing mainstream AT ALL. What’s New!?

What Do Prince and John Lennon have in Common?

Nothing really except they influenced my mindset as a songwriter.

Prince : There are two songs When Doves Cry and The Most Beautiful Girl in The World

These two songs are groundbreaking. When Doves Cry is a very powerful song. The music is almost exclusively drums. There is a light sprinkle of Keyboards but it’s essentially a Vocal and Drum track. It made me realize that all you need to make a good song is feel. Drums and Vocals is all you need and IF you don’t have something with just that you ain’t got shit.

The Most Beautiful Girl in The World is amazing as the Hook and Verse are exactly the same melody, yet the way he orchestrates it, you would not know. He uses all the same instruments but there is a rhythmic cascading guitar line on the chorus, pretty much the only difference. It’s bold and made me realize that there are no rules, if it works leave it.

John Lennon Dig a Pony.

The phrase “Dig a Pony” is meaningless; John said he used it because is sounded good. I mean fine but most would tuck it away but its front and center. He told Paul to keep the line “The Movement You need is on your Shoulder” from Hey Jude as it was the best line. I realized that you don’t have to be clever to get the point across. Use words that make you feel the spirit of the song.

Thank You John and Prince.

Respect and Much Love to you both.


When you find the Hook !

I wrote a song yesterday called I Got It Bad. The hook was elusive. I had one line but needed four. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle, you have to fill in the blanks. One by one I got them and minutes later the final piece came and shazam, bingo, I felt I hit the jackpot at Caesar’s. The process can take seconds or weeks. “Crush” took a year before I cracked it; the music was so good I had to get a hook that would do it justice and there was no compromise, I either did it or keep hunting till its done. I actually had three hooks but never felt any of them were right, until one day, just as I gave up, I went for a break and it came as I was sitting there forlorn. Without trying my sub conscience popped it out for trying so hard.

Yesterday I got lucky and it happened in minutes, but I already had the first line. You go through an intense rollercoaster of emotions. Like a word on the tip of your tongue tantalizing close or out of reach waiting to be discovered. It’s a beautiful puzzle waiting to be solved and the explosive eureka feeling when you find it is like no other feeling in the world and I guess that’s why I do it.

The hunt goes on and on folks..

Thankyou House of NFT

I was there in 1994 with my band BFT signed to Cerberus Digital Jukebox. We had one of the first deals incorporating mp3s. We were a test case for MCPS union (along with Ant & Dec)

I predicted it would take off in 10 actually took 17years before Spotify was born and subsequently gave our music away for virtually nothing..oh dear!

For the first time I feel a musician is back in business and can earn money for their work without the need for a middle man. Thank you Jesse from House of NFT leading the way.

We have hope again and with a little faith a future for us all.

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