WEEK 2 SAC challenge 2015

OK. So I would love to be able to write a hit pop song…I tried, but I think the style is not mainstream pop. I started with a concept and then lyrics. I listened to Jason Blume’s “writing hit Melodies” CD and used some of the strategies for when writing the lyrics. I then worked on a melody, which I guess is harder then it looks. I think my song is ok, just not what they were asking for. Maybe more contemporary.. Most likely due to the fact I am limited in my production skills along with my vocal range and basic guitar and piano skills, I couldn’t get the feel I wanted for the song, I wonder how it would sound with a pop background?

Here are the lyrics

Keep me in the Dark
A
you’re telling tales, I don’t believe them
D
like what you do all day, when you leave me
BM
Oh you know, you act so smooth,
G
you tell a lie like it’s the truth,
A
you’re so deceiving

but every night with you, feels amazing
oh that thing you do, when you embrace me
forget it all, cause I don’t care,
feels so good, when you’re near,
my heart keeps racing

BM D A
You’ve got me watching the stars up above
hoping they never fade
wishing the sun won’t rise, my love
and you would stay
If the sunlight only tears us apart
Bm
then keep me….keep me in the dark
keep me in the dark
keep me in the dark
keep me in the dark

I need your touch, your affection
You are my high, my addiction
It may be wrong, but feels right
forget the day, we own the night
sweet affliction

BM D A
you’ve got me watching the stars up above
hoping they never fade
wishing the sun won’t rise, my love
and you would stay
If the sunlight only tears us apart
Bm
Then keep me… keep me in the dark
keep me in the dark
keep me in the dark
keep me in the dark

F#m D A

I’d give up all those hot days
beautiful sun rays
to keep this fire alive
to be where you are
where falling stars
shoot across the sky

and If the sunlight only tears us apart
Then keep me… keep me in the dark
keep me in the dark
keep me in the dark
keep me in the dark

keep me in the dark
keep me in the dark
kepp me in the dark

Here is a link to my soundcloud
https://soundcloud.com/megsrathwell-1/keep-me-in-the-dark

Week 1- Sac songwriting and blogging challenge 2015

It has been a busy week for me, I took a mini vacation and have returned rested and ready to work. I have been working on some song concepts and lyrics for Matt Dusk. One title I have come up with is called “circling the light” I am still trying to find the right melody and groove for his song. The pressure is on! I guess if it were easy to write a hit we would all be doing it!!! I have to admit I have not been posting to Facebook this week, so I have not found someone to collaborate with.. It seems like this is a requirement, correct? I better get on that.

I received an email last night with a preview of next weeks challenge, I got right to it, and came up with what I think could be a great hook and concept for a lyric. I have been playing with the story and melody today and just took a break to write this blog before I am too late to submit!!!

I am hoping I will have more time this week to concentrate on this challenge and look into a collaboration. It would be great to work with someone who is great with melodies and production, I can play basic guitar , but have connections to get a demo done if needed. I am shy and tend to write alone, but I have done a few co-writes one with Brian Brown, a Canadian jazz pianist and a few with Keith Glass of Prairie Oyster, so it can be done!!!

I hope to get to know everyone better over the next few weeks!

Megan