Communal title: Write a musical phrase or song with a title written by one of your peers.

Titles

How to Respond

Write a musical phrase or song to one of the titles above, and post your work below using SoundCloud or video. Don’t worry if your song is short, this is just an exercise!

Tips

  • Can you use your title repetitively throughout the song?
  • What is the natural shape of your title? Which syllables are stressed? How does your title work out rhythmically against the pulse of your song?
  • Read Mike Viola's latest blog "If At First You Don't Succeed, Throw It In The Boneyard"

Example

Check out this video of Deidre working with Musical Exchange member Chloe on this activity.

 

Collaborate

  • Listen to a fellow Musical Exchange student's song and try building on or reworking it to explore additional possibilities.
  • Comment on another student's song. Does it make you notice anything new about the title? How is it different from your own interpretation?"

 

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Comment by Erica Lashley on June 4, 2014 at 10:05pm

Drowning in the sunshine really stood out to me as a title because  it spoke to the transition that I'm going through from high school to college, plus summertime is coming...anyway, here is my song: https://soundcloud.com/missangelbird-1/drowning-in-the-sunshine

Comment by Madison Marie Marino on June 4, 2014 at 8:00am

https://soundcloud.com/maddymarino/take-me-somewhere-else

You say you need a little space

To recalibrate your thoughts

You say you need a little time

To reorganize your mind

 

While im sitting here thinking

Of the lovely things

That we use do, like how we use to sing

Take us away, from this hectic life

Take us away, from this fast-paced life

Take us somewhere else

 

Now I’m sitting here in the corner

All by myself

While you’re surrounded by the laughter and hope

Of everyone else

 

And I sit alone wishing

Of the same old thing

To go to a place where I wont have to sing

Take me away from this hectic life

Take me away, from the lonely life

Take me somewhere else

 

There was a time where it was you and me

Against the world for all to see

You held my hand you held me close

You held all of the same hopes

As me

No its me alone wishing

Now its me alone fishing

For someone to take me away

From this life

Take me away from this time

Take me somewhere else 

Comment by Janet Noh on June 3, 2014 at 11:33pm

BORN BEAUTIFUL - I chose this because I thought it was the most challenging of the three titles. Also, I chose to write upbeat because I wanted to actively prevent myself from accidentally lifting anything from Christina Aguilera's ballad-like "Beautiful" which is a song I love.

 

The girl in my song sings about how beautiful she is – which at first impression can make one's eyes roll or sound just plain amusing. But the irony is that even though she sings about how beautiful she is, there’s a feeling of insecurity about the way she sings it. Maybe she doesn’t feel beautiful. Maybe even if she is “beautiful” now, she didn't always feel beautiful.  Maybe that’s why she has to go out of her way to sing about how she’s born beautiful.

 

I tried to avoid rhyming so much with "beautiful" but the natural rhythm of the song lent itself to rhyming anyway. So, I had to find ways musically to help the song move and evolve in spite of the repetition.

I was born beautiful

I don’t need to be intellectual

Coz I was born beautiful

All I care about are my cuticles

 

I was born beautiful

Guys adore me, just the usual

Coz I was born beautiful

The whistles in the street are always plentiful

 

I was born beautiful

The mistakes I make are excusable

Coz I was born beautiful

So I don’t need anybody’s approval

 

I was born beautiful

Won’t ever need to work in a cubicle

Coz I was born beautiful

Entitled to luxury and galore

 

I was born beautiful

I swear I’m not being delusional!

I was born beautiful

It’s a fact, it’s indisputable!

 

I was born beautiful!

Plastic surgery! Me? Impossible!

No, I was born beautiful

Everything about my body’s natural

Nothing in my past that’s unusual

Being beautiful has always been habitual

 

I was born… beautiful…

I was born beautiful

I was born beautiful

Comment by Megan Doyle on June 3, 2014 at 11:06pm

Take Me Somewhere Else

Take me somewhere else

Where there's only you and me

And there's no one to disturb us

Or corrupt our daily life

Take me somewhere new

Where the wind would be our friend

Let me twirl with you inside its gust

As we watch its graceful dance

Take me somewhere safe

Where I can finally find peace

And I can rest my head down in a place

Where there's only you and me

Comment by Janet Noh on June 3, 2014 at 2:51pm

(hmm... haven't been sure that my tags are working. But it's the only method I know to mention somebody on here!)

@ Hannah Larson - I love the look and feel of your video. Don't know if you intended for this, but the visual of you sitting neatly on the ground and the first lyric being "i didn't know that you expected me to stay on ground" go nicely hand in hand. Beautiful voice too, you have a nice vibrato in the higher registers that make me feel as if I'm soaring as you sing "taaaake me... taaaake me" like I am being taken somewhere else on a higher field! The one suggestion I have is that the intro is a bit long (~43 seconds?) and because it's such simple guitar strumming, I would maybe considering shortening it? Or maybe bringing up the tempo a few bpm? Just my personal take and preference though, of course! Great job!

Comment by Naomi Vescio on June 3, 2014 at 11:53am

@Gabby Jackson

I'd love to hear this with music in the background, but your voice sounds really great by itself, too—it'd sound really cool with backing tracks as well. :) Without the music at first, it was a little hard to tell when the chorus began, but it still sounds awesome. :)

Comment by Gabby Jackson on June 1, 2014 at 6:47pm
https://soundcloud.com/gabbyjackson/drowning-in-the-sunshine
My version of drowning in the sunshine just the vocals! Still working on backing tracks! Enjoy!!!
Lyrics:
Never knew I needed love
Now I've got the sweetest love
Any pretty girl has ever known
Never thought I looked too good
Never wrote a hook too good
Then you came and changed my life like woah
And it's not hard to see
That you're the reason life's so sweet
You got me holding my head so high it's in the clouds
It won't come down
Your name rolls like a prayer
From my lips
Your hands feel just right
On my hips
Every little thing we do
Every single time we ooh
I'm so glad that your mine
You've got me drowning in the sunshine
You've got me thanking god and your mama
You're looking just so right and I wanna
Get to know you heart and soul
I'm not afraid of anything
You're taking care of everything
You've got my back and it won't get old
And it's not hard to see
That you're the reason life's so sweet
You've got me holding my head so high it's in the clouds
Can't come down
Your name rolls like a prayer
From my lips
Your hands feel just right
On my hips
Every little thing you do
Every single time we ooh
I'm so glad that you're mine
You've got me drowning in the
Feel of your touch on my skin
Can't wait to see you again
I'm dripping in gold when you're around
Now that I'm in love you're
The only one I'm thinking of boy
Suns so bright I just might
Drown
Your name rolls like a prayer
From my lips
Your hands feel just right
On my hips
Every single thing u do
Every little time we ooh
I'm so glad you're mine
You've got me drowning in the sunshine
Comment by Sarah Boulton on June 1, 2014 at 3:02pm

I started writing an idea for the title "Take Me Somewhere Else" by Robert Gee today. It's only a chorus so far, but I'm excited to keep working on it!

https://soundcloud.com/#sarah-boulton-5/take-me-somewhere-else-chorus

 

Take me somewhere else

Back to you and I

The city lights are dim

Compared to your eyes

This life; it can grow cold

But your picture on my shelf

Can take me somewhere else 

Comment by Hannah Larson on June 1, 2014 at 1:10pm

HAPPY JUNE 1ST!

I decided to try, "Take Me Somewhere Else" (title by Robert Gee)

[Lyrics are in the video]

Hannah Larson - Take Me Somewhere Else

I always appreciate thoughts or feedback. :)

Comment by Kelley Ahlstrom on June 1, 2014 at 1:28am

@Aly Nicole Schulte 

Thanks for the kind words! 

@Ina Reni Alexandrow

I really like this song.  It has a very interesting beat and catchy verses!  The only thing I would say is that some words and phrases in the chorus sound very rushed.  Nice job!

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