Saturday, September 16, 2017

Some of The Best Things/Songs Can/Should Happen By Accident

It has always bothered me how hard people try to make music that other people will like. A lot of independent artists spend hours on hours trying to make "the next big hit" that will send them into fame and fortune.

And even though anyone with even an ounce of artistic ability in themselves, also has at least a little part of narcissism that wants credit for their work, myself included; I never set myself out to make a song with the idea that I want it to be very successful; I make my own music just based on what I like, and what I want to convey, regardless of what I think a mass majority would want to hear, and I'll tell you why.

If you look back at a lot of notable long-loved songs, a majority of them happened by accident, or without any intention of wide success.




Examples of this would be Money For Nothin', by Dire Straits, which was written by a guy making minimum wage, who, while working a sh*tty shift, decided to write down everything that bothered him about his life. He later decided to turn the words into lyrics.

The point wasn't for a successful song, it was just what he was feeling.

Or,


(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) by the Beastie Boys, which was just a gag song made by the group to make fun of other bands making similarly related, meaningless party songs, and they had no intention of even releasing it. Their producer added guitar and drum tracks, and released the song himself.

OR,



Smells Like Teen Spirit, by Mr. Kurt Cobain, which was a joke song, stemmed from Kurts ex girlfriend graffitiing the line "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit"; Teen Spirit being a deodorant line, introduced in 1991.
Supposedly, when Kurt started rifting the song, the band thought it was hilariously stupid, and kept writing it, as a joke.

ORRR,


Stuck In The Middle With You, by Stealers Wheel, which was a parody on the seemingly nonsensical ramblings of a man infamously known as Bob Dylan, who would often refer to people as "clowns" or "jokers" in his very non-comedic songs.

Stuck In The Middle With You eventually ended up being the iconic song played on the radio as Michael Madsen cut off a captives ear in the infamous Quentin Tarantino movie, Reservoir Dogs.

And just one more for good measure,


Another One Bites The Dust, by Queen, which was another song never intended for release. Only when Michael Jackson came backstage and convinced the band to release it anyway, did it become one of the most famous songs Queen ever recorded.

One can assume there are many more songs made unintentionally or with sarcasm in mind. And, to me at least, it seems like the absolute worst songs are made with the intention of popularity. I would name off a few, but you can just assume I mean anything you'd hear on KiSS 92.5.

In a year, nobody's going to remember these "chart topping" songs that took 16 writers, 5 producers, and millions of dollars worth of in-your-face bullshit marketing, that were industry produced just so that the majority of the world will like it.

And not everyone SHOULD like one song! Everyone should have some diversity and an individual taste in what they like listening to, instead of voluntarily having the same song, mixed 40 different ways, shoved down their throats every time they make their commute to work in the morning. We shouldn't be making music for everyone to like, we should be making music we like, and be pleasantly surprised if a group of other people like it too. That's the reason for genres, and the reason for music in general! Music is for self fucking expression.

You cultureless pigs.

(You know you're a hippie when you use the term "self expression" in serious context.)

I think the moral of this exceptionally long and ranting post is that there is absolutely no point in spending all of your time trying to make a song people will like.

You shouldn't make music with narcissistic intentions, because the majority of these songs won't "make it" anyway, and you will have nothing to be proud of for yourself. Therefore, make a gag song just for the fuck of it, keep writing the stupid song with the dumb lyrics, and make the song that you think is only important to you, and others wouldn't understand.

Just make something YOU like, because YOU like it, and who knows, those stupid lyrics or that song that only makes sense to you, could become something actually noteworthy anyway.


Alright, rant done.


And if you actually read all of my angry, uneducated bullshit, you're a fuckin loser.


Yours,

Chelsea



"Sweet Child o' Mine - Guns N Roses 
While messing around during preproduction of 1987’s “Appetite for Destruction,” Slash started playing around with a string-skipping exercise. Axl Rose heard the riff and convinced the guitarist to play the melody again during rehearsal the next day. Axl started singing along and the result stayed at #1 for 2 weeks in 1988." 
          - thechive.com




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