|Composer ability:||Expert||Like to join a band:||No
Lyrics - have written since I was seven. Have a gifting with words and rhyme. My mother, upon hearing my first proffering at this tender age titled "A White Seagull Called Blackie" can attest to this. Can put words to any theme, mood, emotion. Words, lyrics, come quickly and easily. Ten years public speaking experience, teaching etc., ten years studying prior to that. Let me know theme and mood, then provide me with how many lines per verse, syllables per line in each verse to match timing (same applies for chorus if any) and it just flows. It may appear to be a simplistic approach, yet it has never failed me. Harmonizing words to music I've found is timing, mood and emotion. You may prefer to let me know mood and theme and write your music/score to match the lyrical content, or allow me to just find the feeling and the words for you.
I do apologize if my response to "favourite bands" appears to conflict in styles. Who can list categorically their favourite bands/music when one can love and appreciate so many different styles and so many different artists??? (I did seriously contemplate listing ABBA! Love them or hate them, they were a band who knew "harmony", not just vocally - and boy could those girls sing - but in all ways within their music, a lesson to us all perhaps. And funny how the most ardent ABBA dissenters tap their feet, or hours after hearing, whistle their tunes, some even singing them and all unconsciously I'm told...) So I Iisted those I admire and respect in all ways, instrumentally, lyrically, vocally, etc.
You'll also find some obvious blanks regarding physical appearance in my profile. I did confess to some but baulked at chest/waist size. Although it did leave me to ponder whether my modest 32b cup could in any way be a serious impediment to my lyrical abilities...
And being blonde is thanks to Loreal. Bless her!
Age. In my blossoming forties. Thank God! The wonderful thing being that I've been "blooded" as indeed most of us at this age have been, in so many different arenas of life believing this brings soul and conviction to the spirit and life behind words and rhythm. Wisdom, scope, empathy - all seems to increase with age not decrease (except for the belligerent and selfish....or those who fear to love). Who could put age on the power of words and rhythm anyway? Who, at this age, cannot recall the bittersweet agony of first love, its ecstasy, wonderment and delight? And then, years on, to be confronted with the knowledge and sometimes shocking realization that age does not diminish these emotions! Does the last rejection hurt less than our very first?? Or the memory of it? Hopefully we've just learnt to cope better. Not feel less. Some darling 18 year olds are yet to discover that moods and emotions are "recycled" throughout our life walk. They're on the throes of fresh discovery in their relationships and art, while we sage (!!) ones nod and commiserate/celebrate with them through their journey and ours, sharing in the profound wonder of it all, bridging generations as the cycle keeps repeating for us all. I call this music. Isn't all music an expression, with mood or emotion at its core? Are not the words we think, speak, sing or strum the outer language of the inner language we are hearing and feeling?
I do seem to have a gifting for encapsulating mood and emotion into language and rhyme. It does come easily. I leave it to the giftings of others to add the instrumentals. (My only claim to fame instrumentally was when I was ten, playing the recorder at Adelaide's Festival Theatre. In a very bright orange skivvy. Mum wanted me to "stand out" in the crowd.) Let me hear and feel the mood and the emotion of your music and I'll take your "language" and embody it in words. Regardless of "style". Or, I or you choose a "theme", I write and then you add your "language" to the emotion caught by my words.
And be rest assured I've moved on since "Blackie"