75. Lyrics


Whilst back in the old recording studio of late, and as we scoured through the hundreds of song ideas we had written over the years, I  was reminded of one particular song that I had written all of 10 years ago (and recorded in the studio 5 years ago). We listened back to the old, poor quality, recording and decided that this long lost writing relic should be revived. My great friend, and even greater producer, set about breathing fresh life into this long gone limp musical work. When I returned to the studio to hear his progress, I felt something quite magical on hearing the track. 

 The lyric remained and the vocal melody and vocal recordings were lifted straight from the original track. Aside from that though, everything else had changed. 

The instrumental was tight, colourful and crisp. A far cry from the muddy mess of the old recording. 

The re-structure of the vocal stanzas had allowed for the same message to be delivered more clearly. The concept was tidier and more relatable. 

The whole thing sounded different, totally different. Yet, it remained the same. 

I was silenced by the simplicity of what we had done. 

We had matured the track. 

Matured of mind, we were able to rework the idea into something more cogent, a more complete artistic vision, one that finally did credit to my initial idea. 

Moments after we had finished listening to the track I turned to my producer and simply said…

‘What a journey we are on’ 

…and then continued by listing 3 faults that I had picked up on in the mix. 

Music for me is a journey of self-expression that will never be truly complete, and there is something simply marvellous about that as a metaphor for life. 

(Photo – Eli Woodbine, London, England, 2016) 


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Sabiscuit says:

    It is good to go back with fresher eyes. I think it is a testament to your growth that you were able to sharpen the lines and focus your thoughts. Best wishes for the journey in the studio.

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    1. eliwoodbine says:

      Thankyou, it’s true. Growth is attained through re-understanding and reinterpreting our past endeavours. Additionally, perfection is solely found through the ears of others, an artist (who is on a lifelong creative journey) will never be fully satisfied by their work. Eli.

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      1. Sabiscuit says:

        That’s comforting, to know that others will appreciate our efforts at any given point in time. Warm wishes.

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      2. eliwoodbine says:

        Entirely comforting, yet we do not create for others. That’s the intrinsic peculiarity within honest art… We create for ourselves however it is through others that perfection is attained. (I’m inspired for a blog post! Ha. This is my opening line)..

        Whilst we are chatting, do you have any advice as to honing an audience on WordPress? .. I post daily and have been doing so for a just over 2 months..

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      3. Sabiscuit says:

        Better to speak privately. There are lots of people out there with great advice. My reading list is full of people who love to network. Perhaps I could share their blogs with you and you could talk to them.

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      4. eliwoodbine says:

        That sounds good to me 🙂 How would we speak privately? Eli


      5. eliwoodbine says:

        That’s sounds great! How would we speak privately?. Thanks. Eli.

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      6. Sabiscuit says:

        Sorry about that. I thought you were using the full desktop version of WordPress and would therefore see my email address in the comments summary in Dashboard. Tell you what. A more efficient way of finding answers is this person:

        Best wishes.

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      7. eliwoodbine says:

        Ah I see! Unfortunately not. I write on the go, so the app really suits me. I will make sure I check out this link. Best wishes to you too, Eli.

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