Episode #54: Falling (Out The Back Of My Mind) (Song at 5:50 and 28:28)
Last week I touched on the idea that the most important thing about songwriting is that you want to convey feeling. I do think it’s actually more important than the message.
‘Falling’ is a song that fits that description to a ‘t’.
A friend of mine listened to the song the other week. She got back to me, said it made it her cry. She wasn’t sure what the song was about…..but it got to her – she really liked it.
Job done! As an artist you are looking for an emotional reaction. That’s number one…so, mission achieved.
You’ll get to hear two versions of the song on this episode – a piano vocal version which has an air of fragility about the performance. Then at the end of the episode, you can hear the band version of the song. It’s interesting how you can start with the same melancholy feeling, but then you can take it all to another level with the right instrumentation – and the right band.
Anyway. My plan each week is to put you in the shoes of a songwriter, give you an insight into where a song comes from. If this is your first visit here, thanks for dropping by. I aim for these episodes to be informative, relaxing and entertaining. I deliver the information in a manner that is hopefully appealing to both musicians versed in theory – and the layman, equally. You need no musical knowledge to follow the majority of what I’m talking about.
Notice I haven’t mentioned much about what today’s song is about … It’s a mystery! But it was somehow ‘pressing’, insistent that I do my best to interpret some of the sounds, the images, the feelings that were coming through.
Piqued your curiosity? I hope so.
With the help of my piano, I play it live as I talk, I hope to shed some light on what’s going on with the song Falling.
Join me now for song and a chat. Enjoy!
As usual, I have really enjoyed recording this episode. Once again the sense of mystery – the unquantifiable elements – of the creative domain take me on a merry dance. And it’s all good fun.
The Roughest Cut by Pete Pascoe and The Patient Hum (this is the Bandcamp link, but it’s streaming on all the usual platforms..Spotify, etc.
Www.petepascoe.wordpress.com this is my blog, where you can view this week’s seascape painting, plus there’s lots more music and art here each week.
The book I mention in this episode is : by the Pixar boss, great piece of extremely clear writing, describing how people can communicate extremely clearly and powerfully and productive lay in the right group of supportive, open people. It’s like being in a band…