So today I wanted to talk about content. I was driving with a buddy the other week and we were listening to some tunes and he said to me, “Man, I’ve really started to listen to the words in the music, and some of these guys have some really cool things to say.” That made me happy, because I have always been a huge fan of content in lyrics and I myself am most concerned about getting an idea across with all of my songs. I have never been a fan of just putting in words just to get it over with. For every word in my lyrics, I’ve sat and looked at them for a long time to make sure they’re right for what I’m trying to get across. The lyrics are always the longest process for me which is funny because from talking to other musicians it seems to be the opposite in most cases. Now I’m not saying it’s not good to rush your lyrics or anything like that, it works for some people. If everyone did the same it wouldn’t be fun, I’m just saying I really appreciate when you can tell someone used their music as a platform for an issue they strongly believe in. I feel that knowledge has fallen to the wayside. If you think about 30-40 years ago, the most popular music had one of two topics; love or protest. Musicians disagreed with what was going on with the government and the war and what not, and realized that they could express their frustration with their music and reach a broad audience and get them aware. Bob Dylan was amazing for this.
These days, you usually have to dig for content. I’ve actually been going through a bit of a rockabilly, punk phase myself just because the artists I have been listening to like Social Distortion, Frank Turner, Against Me!, Bad Religion etc. have lyrical content that means something to them. One of the things that I feel makes Against Me! so amazing and successful is the fact that you can just feel the passion that Laura (formerly Tom) has for the words she is singing, and the idea she is trying to get across.
Musicians from all genres have been known to do this, such as Dan Mangan who uses subtlety and humour (but in a dark way) to get across his ideas, or Tom Waits, who’s wit and brilliance are usually hidden in his “weirdness”. I could go on and on about others who do this and how, but I just wanted to plant the seed in your mind about giving lyrics a closer listen. Also, if you’re a musician and are writing a song, just think about the fact that you are building yourself a platform where you can voice an idea, so use it. Don’t waste it on letting someone know you think you’re sexy and work out. Personally, I could give less of a shit about that kind of stuff.
Anyway, so editorial stuff aside, I am heading out on a mini solo tour at the end of the month! I’ll be posting dates ASAP, so if you’re in the Ontario area and haven’t had a chance to hear me live, please come out if you can. Also, if you didn’t catch the interview and live performance last week on Night Out with Mike Burns & Tara Donaghey on Whistle Radio 102.7FM, you can find the audio on the Press page of this site.
Thanks for reading, and until next time!
P.S. I got another funny Boyes picture for you! So the lads and I headed to London ON two weeks ago to Black Shire Pub, and we stayed the night at my aunts where Spun and Boyes slept on air mattresses. Now Boyes is a very deep sleeper, and we were trying to wake him up, so we stuck Spun’s mattress on him and made a Boyes sandwich.