Friday, March 9, 2007

Music and Lyrics

For the FIRST time, someone acknowledged the importance of lyrics in a song.. by filming a movie, casting 2 of the most likeable actor/actress in hollywood: Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore

"MUSIC and LYRICS"

Well, the show was a typical feel-good movie, very Hugh Grant, very Drew Barrymore. The storyline is typical hollywoodish, soapyish too.
Also they oversimplify the course of music writing and production.
And of course (to my envy, lyricist gets the job of writing the words first while the composer fills in the notes, working within constrains of the creativity of the lyricist). And they are still using CD players for a top notch Pop Sensation (won't they be using Ipod?).

But the drawing point is the clever lines and good lyrics.

One eg.

Way back into love (Music and Lyrics) by Adam Schlesinger (who wrote That thing you do and Stacy's mum)

I've been living with a shadow overhead
I've been sleeping with a cloud above my bed
I've been lonely for so long
Trapped in the past, I just can't seem to move on

I've been hiding all my hopes and dreams away
Just in case I ever need em again someday
I've been setting aside time
To clear a little space in the corners of my mind

All I want to do is find a way back into love
I can't make it through without a way back into love
Oh oh oh

I've been watching but the stars refuse to shine
I've been searching but I just don't see the signs
I know that it's out there
There's got to be something for my soul somewhere
I've been looking for someone to shed some light
Not just somebody just to get me throught the night

I could use some direction
And I'm open to your suggestions

All I want to do is find a way back into love
I can't make it through without a way back into love

And if I open my heart again
I guess I'm hoping you'll be there for me in the end

There are moments when I don't know if it's real
Or if anybody feels the way I feel
I need inspiration Not just another negotiation

All I want to do is find a way back into love
I can't make it through without a way back into love

And if I open my heart to you
I'm hoping you'll show me what to do
And if you help me to start again
You know that I'll be there for you in the end


Aspired lyricist, you will feel good after watching this movie.

10 comments:

chengsun said...

Anyone wanna go for it together?

白風 said...

me! me! me!

But.. when arh?? can after 18th? i wun be in town for the whole of next week la..

kaya said...

It will really be a luxury for a lyricst to be able to work hand in hand with the composer together.

It is so surreal for most of the lyricst out there.

Beside the song "Way Back Into Love", I feel that "Don't Write Me Off" is very touching.

I think the lyrics in this song proven the earlier statment that the lyrics let you know the person deep inside, it narrates a story.

Quote one sentence from "Don't Write Me Off"
--Now I need you despite the fact that you've killed all my plants.

I think maybe you will need to watch the movie to be moved by this sentence. But it did touched me. I dunno why but I just remembered this line lol. This song basically described what Sophie(Drew Barrymore) had done that makes a mark in Alex's(Hugh Grant) life.

Hope people who have watched this movie enjoyed like I did ^_^.

Anonymous said...

annoymous

can this be consider lyric?

verse
我一直以为 我早已习惯孤单
我一直以为 能够把爱情遗忘
我一直以为 能把你放在心上
我一直以为 对爱情不再向往

pre-chorus
你的拒绝成为了我爱情的殇
还以为孤单能用回忆来补偿

chorus 1
我像天使却总找不到天堂
因为没你指引方向的翅膀
每当我看到情侣成对成双
嫉妒羡慕总会涌上我心房

chorus 2
不敢再爱害怕被拒绝的伤
没勇气在爱与不爱间游荡
我总是说爱情是一片假象
口是心非我只是假装坚强

bridge(ending)
我一直以为 爱已被我冷藏
只是我还是 需要爱的温暖

kiwi said...

Hi, just happen to know this website recently... interesting stuffs here :)

Just abit of question on anonymous's lyrics.

我一直以为 我早已习惯孤单
我一直以为 能够把爱情遗忘
我一直以为 能把你放在心上 >>actually all the while u trying to convey that u not willing to give up/forget your love ,but this sentence seems like on the other hand you try to forget someone ,abit contradict..or have i misunderstand ?

我一直以为 对爱情不再向往

I quite like this
我像天使却总找不到天堂
因为没你指引方向的翅膀
:)

J.瑩 said...

"can this be consider lyric?" is an interesting question. If there is an accompanying melody, yes. =P

倒不会特别喜欢"我像天使却总找不到天堂"... 哈哈比较少人会自称是天使吧... 至少我不敢那么唱,会有点心虚... 别介意哦.. 只是我个人的看法而已

"还以为孤单能用回忆来补偿" 会比较引起我的注意吧.. 也许可以选择用"填满"

Shan said...

can anyone here advise me if there is an address i can write my lyrics to?

Anonymous said...

雪域高原上,净土般的灿烂
有一个传说,至今仍流传
有一株花朵,受山泉滋养
朝朝暮暮,拥有山泉陪伴
Verse2
随鸟语花香,情丝逐渐弥漫
花儿对山泉,渐有了好感
花希望自己,能长出翅膀
飞往山上,在山泉边倘徉
Chorus1
无情的时光,枯萎了花瓣
花已不再璀璨
花知道自己,寿命不长
无奈的心寒
Chorus2
天不再明亮,视线逐渐暗
花仍旧的隐瞒
花深知自己,无法陪伴
山泉到天长
bridge
有时候爱情,并不需要回响
只需守护着对方
一辈子时间,把爱放心上
那就已经是天堂

yida wencheng princess demo lyric....any comments?

kaya said...

Recently after listening to 孫燕姿 new song 逆光, suddenly got an urge to write something

Title: 競技場

A1
為甚麼心會一陣陣酸痛
又沒有做任何激烈運動
原來 不管 拉傷過的內心
在變天時還會痛
A2
或許愛只是一場馬拉松
長途奔跑為了圓一個夢
看誰撐到最後 沒有半途就回頭
熬到終點的才能夠放鬆
B
誰有力量 去原諒 在競賽沒有善良
我們同樣 都渴望 能站在最高的地方
享受勝利的呼喊
誰有氣量 去體諒 在競賽耍出伎倆
擊跨對方 的心房 只為了要攀過哪座
叫作期望的高山
(力量 給我力量)
C
還以為視而不見 競技場上
就少了敵對場面 可是我卻赫然發現
越想避免 心卻越是堅決
和回憶要繼續糾纏

Please feel free to comment on this lyrics ^_^

Anonymous said...

Hi , just my 愚建 .Quite like the ideas of 競技場. But hor , i tink the first verse sounds not so 贴切lei. The feel of the words seems different from the melody . Ha ha , maybe I hear the orignal song le so a bit 先入为主.

On the whole , cool lyrics . ^_^