I can’t really tell you how to write a song! But I can tell you some of the things I do that end up being one!
Everybody has different ways. I usually write poems. These days I will already know what kind of attack, jazzy, hard, folk, the song should have when I’m working on the words, and I incorporate a lot of repetition and rhythm, which is much more song-like than poem-like, although a poem can easily get a melody, and sometimes that works great! There’s really no other difference between a song lyric and poem than the intentional things done to a lyric to make the song better; you’ll see many of these treatments in the lyric below, and how it starts to “sing itself.”
Well, the silver lining to the digital-don’t-sales cloud is, if you have good content, and you give it away for free, it may get a lot of hits! It’s the tradeoff that sits at the center of the Googlevertising secret formula.
(or, The Little Blog Boat That Could, An Argument For Writing Good, *sung to the tune of “Ain’t Got No Eyeballs”*)
If the Internet is a web, it’s a web of advertising. The Internet advertising industry is a blessing and curse, of course, but it’s become, oddly, embedded in everything, the Mexican referral service of the Universe. Everybody is not only selling something, but probably somebody’s cousin (you know what I mean). It’s a great system that works!
So true. Easy to forget we’re talking about the Internet, which, we quickly remember, shouldn’t be a web of advertising. We hate the idea. Almost forgot.
And the frustration goes both ways; viewers are not digging your content while you’re wondering why it’s not getting hits.
I was going to write a new song, and the first line was going to be:
“If you want to Google Google, all you have to type is Goo …”
But then I wrote this instead:
HOW TO MAKE MONEY: FAILURE-TARGETING
There are two big trends in Internet commerce that are actually completely new sales industries, made possible by the Internet – selling digitally-reproduceable things on the Internet, and teaching people how to sell digitally-reproduceable things on the Internet, based on a high failure rate.
The scenario is unique, and with a magnifying glass amazing. Ecommerce, the digitally-distributed part of it, has been created by Google, almost effortlessly, gracefully catching a fumble by Apple.
MONETIZATION, FAILURE NUMBER ONE
Information, music and video encompass a lot of what we’re talking about, what’s digitally-distributed, the digital “varieties,” like a digital file of a song. It’s a lot of stuff that could be sold.
Which is odd, because I still have listings for sale on the platform. I no longer believe Amazon is a good place for any small- or medium-sized company to use for retail sales (backend seller accounts).
It all started recently, when my awareness and perspective improved over time. I’ve been an Amazon seller for a dozen years, always assuming it was the “place to be,” just because there’s lots of eyeballs on the site. But I never sold much. I thought, as anyone might, it was my fault.
Fire up a hot pot of cocoa and snuggle up for the rest of the day!
Remember, “Official Weather Forecast” is a terrific combination of words to put in your blog (for you aspiring bloggers).
My previous post was a video of me playing guitar and singing, opening with an original song called “Globe of Time.” The lyrics say “Life is alive in a globe of time … It’s all stuck together with invisible glue … The whole damn thing you can see right through!”
Billy Gilman had a big competition coming up on “The Voice” in October and wanted to do a show for the local audience (Southern RI) before he left. I was invited to open to a full house and did a variety of originals and a few covers.
00.00 – Globe Of Time
05.07 – One Meatball
08.47 – The Rabbit’s Other Foot
09.55 – Bend And Break
— break —
15.11 – Break And Bend
18.52 – Share The Moon
21.33 – Madman Across The Water
25.53 – Price Tag
Bigness diminishes accuracy and need for accuracy.
Details get lost in space.
Our human concept of accuracy fades with size; in such a way that if someone told you cars were invented in the 1700’s, you’d tell them they were way off, by a hundred years … if they said the pyramids were built in 3000 BC, you could suggest they’re off by about 400 years, but it’s not too important; and if they said the Big Bang was 15 billion-years-ago, the adjustment might be oh, give or take, although it’s even less important, a billion.
Despite the uncertainty the third item actually happened, which is a pitfall of happening such a long time ago, even a strong supporter of its theory might not be terribly upset if everyone were off by a just, say, a few hundred thousand years; we’d still be “very close!” But when cars were invented? Don’t be an idiot!