Amy Mantis


Song Expectations

January 31, 2013

I’m in the middle of working on a song that’s sounding nothing like I thought it would.  I thought it would be some slow, soft, finger picked, lots of chord changes, melodic thing and while it is still melodic, it’s not that slow or soft or has lots of chord changes.

I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all.  Both the outcome being a surprise and the song not having lots of chord changes.  (The verse of “Proud Mary” is one chord.  One!)  This is more of an observation than anything else.

Some artists have incredibly precise visions of what they want a song to be.  I tend to be more ambiguous and I think I have shortcomings as a writer at times.  I seem to go for the big picture rather than the nuances.  Music, lyrics, a melody of sorts, done.  Onto the next one.  I love letting Naomi make up a melody and let Alex and the rest of the band have at the arrangement because I know that they’ll all have great ideas that I won’t because I have an entirely different approach than they do simply because we are different people.

And I have the vocal range of a teaspoon while Naomi has the vocal range of the Atlantic Ocean.

I like to let whatever happens with a song simply happen, and if I feel it’s veering off on the wrong course, I’ll steer it back to where I think it wants to go.