Let’s Talk: Songwriting

The process of songwriting is a little hard to explain unless you yourself know a little about it, what I love about songwriting is the access of being able to express freely without feeling you have to hold much back, sure you can’t say everything you may want into just one song, but you can say majority of what it is your feeling in the moment and have it still be what you want to say, even if it’s just one of the things you want to say!!

It’s slight complicated, but also not that complicated, all songwriting is and expects of you is to speak what it is you feel to be true to you and say it with pride, you can’t write a song unless you feel something or have something to get you inspired by for a songwriting session to soon take form….and that can come from many places, a person, an object, heck even a flowing river can be taken as inspiration!! Maybe another song sung by someone else will be the thing to strike a cord within yourself to then get you to grab a pen/pencil and get expressing it can come pretty much anywhere which is the best thing in my opinion really!

A lot of the time I find myself singing random songs that come out of nowhere and most of the time, i’m either in the Kitchen or Bathroom (not going to go too far with that explanation don’t worry) it is true though, whenever I sing to myself those are the locations where I get my random sing alongs from, sometimes I also get them when i’m outside sitting in some grass, but those times are on special occasions though!!

There are moments where when i’m listening to an artist and listening to their songs and i’ll wonder just how they were able to write their songs the way that they did, for example Harry Styles…..now we all know him as a former member of One Direction of course, but Harry has some amazing songwriting skills, i’ve been listening to him a lot more recently hence why I chose to have him be an example to this post, I can’t explain his way of writing, but each time I hear his songs, they always amaze me, he expresses in a way that leaves you interested on the story he’s trying to convey as he’s singing about it, if you’ve never heard a Harry Styles song I would suggest you do, because you’d be surprised just how well he is at it!!

Another artist that leaves me wondering on their way of writing is Zayn , another member who was apart of One Direction yes, I know, but aside from both him and Harry both being in the band, once they exited out from One Direction, you saw a massive transformation within both their music and personalities as well, Zayn though after his departure you wouldn’t believe how different his writing style was compared to when he was in the band, like complete opposite to being in the band!!

I remember when I heard about Zayn’s departure from the band and at the time, I was just getting into One Direction after telling myself that I wouldn’t like another boy band after being a really big fan of the Jonas Brothers, like it was only them and no one else….but once I did allow myself to enjoy their music and soon later get to know a little about them, I was okay, I also told myself that they would be the last and only boy band that I liked along with the Jonas Brothers, only those two that’s it!!

I kept that vow to this day, but back to Zayn leaving the band, when I heard about it, I was slight upset not gonna lie, but I also said to myself that if that’s what he felt he wanted that i’d be happy for him and once he left, although it was weird, I was excited to see what kind of new sound he was going to share with us!! Fast forward a bit to where he just released his new album Mind Of Mine and what was shared was something I honestly wasn’t expected, but also kinda figured he’d do at the same time,

but nonetheless I was surprised about it!! To explain his style of writing, i’ll have to re listen to really get my thoughts on it, not that I haven’t already been listening to Zayn, i’ve also recently been revisiting some of his songs as well, but I still don’t know how to truly explain it just yet, but we’ll come back to it! The one thing I can say is that both Zayn and Harry, have similar ways of expressing themselves in their songs, however they are also very different, their tones are different, the styles are of their songwriting is different, but if you listen to them both carefully, you’ll be surprised on how in depth they are with their songs.

That’s the beauty though with songwriting you can either be very direct with the message you’re trying to express or if you’re the kind of person who likes to have people guessing, then forcing people to dig deep and discover the true hidden message you’re trying to get at is something that can works too, I love both tactics, because I always like looking for the meanings behind songs that are written! Lyrics have always been my favorite thing about a song, sure beats and instruments within songs are nice as well, but at heart i’m lyricist and that’s something I know i’ll always be and it’s for that reason I like songwriting!!

I love discovering artists that have a unique way of jotting down their thoughts, from Harry Styles, to Zayn, Alexz Johnson (who I love with everything in my heart and soul, she is amazing!!) The band PVRIS, Scott James, Lux Lisbon, Michael Kilbey, Ashley Tisdale…..there’s so many more, I just can’t think of them all, but there’s so many different artists that i’ve had the pleasure of discovering and listening to where i’ve listen to their songs and i’m just blown away with how they write their songs, it’s amazing and I just love it so much and it’s fun to listen and see if you can understand the meaning of what they’ve written as well as see if you’d be able to interpret it in many different ways, but for me mainly, I listen to these artists because their songwriting abilities are just so well written that when it’s performed you can’t help, but feel drawn and infatuated by their choice of words within the songs that they share with everyone and it’s great!!

P.S. This post was inspired by both Zayn and Harry Styles because of how much i’ve been listening to them these days, don’t be surprised if you see me reviewing their albums soon, it’s kinda an idea already anyway so this is just me giving you a heads up on it

All The Love ❤ ❤

Lexa

Weird Moments Am I Right!?

So it’s about 9 o clock at night right now, it just turned 9, well a little while ago anyway…….it’s around 9:15…..okay looked up at the time it’s around 9:16 now as i’m writing this, obviously the time will change the more I continue to write…..it just did, but let’s stop talking about the time yeah…….okay let’s get this out the way, I know you’re probably pretty confused right now, but don’t worry so am I…….I watched one video…….alright maybe a few more than one and all of sudden, i’m full of all this weird energy, now when I say weird I just mean a whole lot of randomness is happening with me

Can’t explain it, you know sometimes you just happen to come across some randomness and it just stick with you from their on, now i’m not complaining about it, I just needed to share it in some form, cause sometimes, most time, when we’re having weird not making sense moments who knows the kind of randomness we’ll get or what kind of randomness we’ll get……this is an example, you don’t know if you’re making sense half the time, but maybe that’s alright…….why question it, when you can just easily let it occur, it’s not harming us so why think otherwise on it!?

We should express it how we feel it in the moment, so yes sure some of us have conversations here and there to ourselves (some of us all the time) and maybe we turn some of what we say into a random song for no apparent reason, because it’s just what we’re feeling in the moment I guess, there’s nothing wrong with that, sometimes we need to do those things,

So we not only keep sane, but we also know that we don’t have to be serious all the time…….having random moments like that can really change how we may feel and those moments can help us to feel better and make us laugh at the same time because they’re so unexpected, sure we may ask ourselves what the heck is wrong with us through it and not really understand what’s going on when those unexpected burst of random weird energy happens…..

but maybe it’s for the best, maybe we’re suppose to not know what the heck is going on……by just letting it happen and going with it, we enjoy it more and embrace it, which is probably something we should do a little more often, so if you are having a weird moment, where you’re finding yourself doing all these random things, let it be where it’s at for that moment……

and don’t question the length to it, just let it have it’s moment…….*she says realizing just how long this post has become*………i’m cool, no worries 🙂 You guys have a good night and embrace your weird moments, because although they are unexpected……they’re also the best!!

All The Love ❤ ❤

Lexa

Careers….(Part 2)

Part 2 of Careers is right ahead, as promised from the first part to this when I said I don’t think i’m finished talking about this topic, I wasn’t kidding I still have a lot to say, this might be long as well, i’m just gonna say it now, because I know the way I write……I really do try not to write so much, it’s not easy though…..it’s a good thing I wrote everything in advance here.

Sometimes I want to blame my high school teacher for convincing me to get a computer, well more like suggesting i’d get one, it took me a while to actually give in to getting one, luckily we had someone in our school to lend us computers for the time being until we graduated, if it wasn’t for Mrs. Schaefer (My HS English Teacher) I would still be writing down notes in my notebook and being the only one to do so in my class as well.

(I won’t ever forget the conversation when she suggested for me to get one, I always find myself thinking back to that moment in time, well it’s more on random days then always.)

Now I know what you’re thinking,”what does this have to do with careers?” it doesn’t, it has nothing at all to do with careers, it was just a thought, that I wanted to write down, because it was one of the first things that came to mind when I wrote this out, but let’s discuss what’s meant to be discussed.

I’ll be honest with you, for as long as I can remember I never really thought about what I wanted as a career before, hence why i’m stressing about it now……I mean when I was younger I had this grand idea on what I had in mind and that idea involved singing!! I wanted to be a singer, i’ve mentioned this before i’m sure, I mean what kid didn’t right!? I wanted to sing because I liked singing and music a lot, still enjoy singing to myself and I still listen to music, not as much as I used to, but on occasions and whenever i’m walking somewhere or when i’m in the mood for it.

That all being said, the older I got, the more I started to see just how serious I was about it…..I wasn’t, the thought of singing was cool, I mean let’s face it we all had moments when we sang in front of a mirror or in some part of our house with either a hairbrush, remote control or the broom even, whatever we could find really and just went for it, those were the best days of all our childhoods i’d say!! The few times that I attempted to get going, I think I just found it to be too much now that i’m thinking about it.

I’ve been on stage a few times growing up mostly with other people and a few times alone and in those times being by myself on stage or just in front of people in general I would always feel super uncomfortable, I would just rather kinda be away from the stage and having people stare at you. I didn’t even like doing presentations, even though you would just be talking to a classroom, I couldn’t even speak in front of a group of people without losing my words and being all nervous, flashcards couldn’t even help me and they were numbered flashcards and I still would freak out.

But with singing and music I think the main thing with it was I couldn’t commit to it fully, I wasn’t really serious about it, it was always just fun to me, when I started realizing just how much had to be put into it, yeah I slowly backed away from it until you could no longer see me there.

Sometimes I think about it and wonder with it, but I don’t think I would be able to take it seriously, in terms of having it be a career for me, although I still love to sing, I don’t feel it would be my thing to do for a living, there’s a lot with it I probably wouldn’t be able to handle and the realistic ness of it just wouldn’t be a sure thing if you want something that’s going to get you going if you get what I mean, I mean it can be a sure thing if that’s what you truly want and your serious about it, but with me I don’t think it’d work.

The thing i’d say that came with the joy to sing all my favorite songs was being able to write, now I can’t really recall how I got into writing, I kinda just started doing it a lot, I didn’t really know what I was writing, I mean I knew what I was writing, but I didn’t if that makes sense!? I just liked writing pretty much, lyrics mainly, but nonetheless I was writing a whole lot. Other than wanting to be a singer as a youngster, I didn’t really have any alternative careers I wanted to do.

You always hear people say how it’s important to have a backup career in case your original idea falls through and to give you a bit of insight to how I felt hearing that, well I didn’t like hearing that, i’m pretty sure no one did, but when you think about it, we all knew it made sense deep down, I mean who wants to be left disappointed right!?

Careers are seriously hard to decide on, it’s all about what you would like to be doing for the rest of your life!! You can think of a million and above things to do for a living, but here’s where the heart of the true question lies, will all of those possible career ideas make you happy? Can you see yourself feeling truly good about it for years time? Will it be something you get out of bed for and look forward to everyday!?

All the dilemmas when deciding on a career eh? Some people decide on becoming a teacher for a good amount of time, but then later realize that it may not be the thing for them once they realize just how much patience it takes to handle it or maybe they have asked themselves if they want to be in a classroom for years to come and realize they don’t and so they’ll try and think of something else, but that’s just an example.

There’s a lot of different decisions and questions that’ll go through your head when trying to choose the best career. Becoming a teacher is a more realistic career choice to chose from considering how big of a profession it is, I feel you get more out of it then you would with most career options, plus it’s a bit more rewarding to have as a career, I mean your not only in a teaching role, but your helping people of all ages from kids, to teenagers ect…learn and develop while becoming a lot more knowledgeable as well as other things and doing something like that can make you feel really good.

You know you’re bringing something extraordinary to a lot of people and changing their lives in a way that is inexplainable. Now i’m not saying that any other career wouldn’t also be rewarding and that, it just depends on the kind that you choose, but when your trying to decide on a career, whatever that career may be, it all comes down to how bad you want it as well as where you see your personality fitting better with.

You don’t want to just jump into a random profession, you want to make sure you have some kind of interest and connection to it, that way when you are pursuing a career of your choosing, you know you’re going to enjoy it and keep on enjoying it, sure you might like something and find your good with it, but even if you find your are good with it, it doesn’t necessarily mean your going to love it for the rest of your life,

You might if you give it a try and see, but when going for a career you want to make sure it’s something that’s going to not only bring you some kind of happiness with it, but also bring you a good amount of secureness as well, you want something that’ll go hand in hand and work for you. No one wants to get up and do something they know they’re going to dread each morning they wake up, you want to always look forward to what you’re doing not, hate it as your doing it and I get it not being easy to figure out.

With careers there’s just so many to choose from that it’s hard to choose, sometimes you have to go based on what your strengths are and what your weakness is, so you can get some kind of idea of what could work when deciding on what you are going to be doing for a living. Sometimes I think it would be easier to randomly land on a career choice as if it was a mini game and have it be sorted that way, but that’s probably not the best idea, because you might end up with something you really do hate if you aren’t careful, but it would make things interesting for one which is sorta good.

There you have it part 2 of Careers, a lot of what’s written here most of it was already pre written, but there were some stuff that I changed as I went along…..now i’m not 100 percent sure, but there’s a chance there could be a third parter here, it’s not a definite yes, but there is a sorta big maybe to it.

This might just stay as a two parter, but this is a just in case you do see a part 3, you won’t be too alarmed by it, but with all that, I hope you all are having a good day and that you’re all doing well.

All The Love ❤ ❤

~Lexa

Feb 12, 2019

Hey everyone I hope you’re all having a good night, i’ve had a bit of a weird day today, I was feeling a little stressed for some reason earlier, but i’m alright it’s been snowing today where i’m at, I don’t know if it’s still going on, it might’ve just be raining or it might’ve stopped already I don’t know.

I just finished writing and posting a wrestling review that I’ve been working on for the past week, i’ll be catching up soon with last weeks show that I missed, because I had to catch up with the show prior to last week’s, yeah I know i’m a little behind, i’ll catch up though no worries, anyway there isn’t really anything I wanted to talk about, however I did think about something not too long ago that I wanted to share with you guys……..

So I found two channels that i’m kinda obsessed with…………okay maybe more than kinda haha…………they’re both based around singing, only ones a vocal coach who reacts to videos where artists or people sing pretty much and the other is a channel where they sing covers to songs, a lot of them are songs from Disney movies, but she has more covers based around video games, shows ect……both channels are great though, I really love them!!

The name of them just in case your curious are Rebecca Vocal Athlete and Annapantsu, I randomly came across Anna, which i’m real glad I did, because she’s amazing, i’ll list a few songs that she covered that are my favorites at the moment in a bit.

As for Rebecca I found her when I was watching this other vocal coach channel, it was recommended and so I was curious to see what her channel was about and I ended up becoming obsessed with it after I found out, I stopped watching the other channel once I discovered hers, I still watch it though, just not as much.

I really love Rebecca’s videos!! I know she has songs that are original that she sings, but I haven’t heard nor watched them yet, but she has a pretty great voice. I also find her to be really funny, she just has this really great personality that is easy to catch on to, you’ll know what i’m talking about if you watch her videos. She has some real funny and great moments when she’s reacting, but she also shows emotion as well and that’s because you can see that she’s connecting with the artist and everything it’s great and so is she, that’s why I enjoy her videos so much.

Here’s my favorite videos from Rebecca Vocal Athlete’s channel:

  1. Vocal Coach Reacts To Brandon Urie’s Best Live Vocals-Pop Crush
  2. BRENDON URIE REACTING TO ME!!x
  3. Vocal Coach REACTS to 13 times Harry Styles vocals had me SHOOK
  4. Vocal Coach REACTS to LITTLE MIX – ACAPELLA QUEENS
  5. Vocal Coach Reacts To Demi Lovato Father-live

Lastly, here’s a list of my top favorite covers from Annapantsu’s channel:

  1. Stronger Than You (Undertale Parody Responds)
  2. Hellfire (female version- The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
  3. Be Prepared (female version-coverd by Anna demo)
  4. Pokemon Theme-acoustic (Anna)
  5. She Used To Be Mine (Waitress) & Almost There (Princess & The Frog)

So these are the main songs that I have went back and heard the most, there’s two entries in the number 5 spot because I couldn’t decide which one I want there, so listened to both and yeah………I felt they both needed to be in that spot.

The main song I keep listening to though is Stronger Than You, now there’s two versions, there’s the Undertale version which if you didn’t know is a video game, there’s a lot of different versions that go with the Undertale themed one and they’re all great, i’ve listened to them, however, this one is my favorite, there’s just something about it that gets me, it’s beautiful.

The other version is the original and it comes from the show Steven Universe, some people aren’t too fond that the Undertale version is bigger than the original, but I think both versions are great, they’re just different that doesn’t mean that one is better than the other at least not to me, they’re both great in their own way.

If you want to listen to the original i’ll leave it for you and if you want to hear the other Undertale versions i’ll leave that too.

  1. Steven Universe-Stronger Than You (Original) 
  2. Top 5 Undertale Stronger Than You Parodies

I know there’s a lot here, I just wanted to share this with you guys, feel free to check both channel’s out if you want, I would recommend you do, but that’s just me, but seriously check them out!!

All The Love ❤ ❤

~Lexa~

Just Sing A Little Song

You ever just find yourself singing a random tune out of nowhere and while you’re singing that tune, you start to realize that for some reason, it kinda brings up your mood no matter what the song is about……..i’m always making random songs up, lately I find when i’m thinking too much or i’m bored or something, i’m always coming up with all these weird songs, literally I just made up this random song that had to do with something that i’m contemplating about and also one on what I should write about.

It doesn’t matter what i’m doing really, sometimes i’ll just make random songs up and add on to it as i’m still singing them, unless I write them down though, I won’t remember them after i’ve sung them to myself, I don’t know if that’s just me or if there are other people who also make up random songs that really don’t have much meaning behind them, but are just being sung in the moment, whether it’s while you’re cleaning up, trying to decide on something or just because you feel like singing in the moment about anything really, it doesn’t have to be on a specific topic, it could be because you find singing to be something enjoyable and everything.

Just like dancing, dancing even if you can’t dance is good when you need to feel better, I actually read somewhere that singing and dancing for a bit, can improve your mood, that’s probably because it brings out the natural happy chemicals in your brain, which is also know as Dopamine, but we’ll just call them happy brain chemicals and make it simple. I’m not sure if I actually had a point with this, if there was one, I think it was just what the title says whenever you find yourself thinking too much or feeling a little low or you just feel like letting what’s on your mind out within a song, just sing that little song of yours and hopefully you feel better and a little calmer as well.

Think of it as being in a musical, for a lot of people it may get annoying, but for those who just need to sing a random tune to themselves about what’s in their heads or something, it won’t be so bad, you might just have a smile on your face from it, even if it’s a small one.

How do you guys like to get things out, do you sing a random tune to yourself or is there something else that works for you, let me know in the comments below. 

All The Love ❤ ❤

~Lexa~