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Oakvale- My Alaskan Band
So I've decided that regardless of the success or failure of the band that I am in, the one thing I can say for certain is that I am ultimately proud of the lyrics that I've come up with. The music is amazing, but a true song has instruments that are accompanied by truly appropriate words. I feel the song, I understand the song and through my own experiences and understanding I try to interpret the music into words.
The process I go through in writing lyrics is by no means an easy one. My guitarist is constantly on me about practicing and working hard for the band but I don't think he'll ever fully understand the amount of effort that I put into writing lyrics. We as a band use a tablature program to easily transfer music between all of the members. It's in MIDI format, which means that the music sounds similar to an old 8-bit or even a 16-bit song (16-bit high tech!) I get the file from our bassist who writes most of the music and then I listen to it, dozens, if not hundreds, of times. I get a feel of where I believe words can go. I hum to myself a melody I think might fit, it's usually based on the time signature of whatever the song is in but that isn't always the case. When I've established the ground work I listen to the overall tone of the song. Does it make me sad? Happy? Excited? Does it make me think about things I wouldn't normally think about?
It's only then do I attempt writing down anything. For me, words are easy, lyrics are easy as well. I am, however, a firm believer that everything has a place. Words being no different. It isn't too much or too little and everything is described in exactly the way I intended. I care about just right. So without further ado I'm going to write my lyrics for everyone to see. If the band doesn't succeed, it saddens me that the music won't be heard, but at the very least, you can read the words and perhaps get a brief feel of the overall tone and intention of what the song was supposed to me.
Definitely Not ALL of Our Songs
The list above is just the major songs that we have finished lyrically and polished well enough to perform and that I feel comfortable enough on showing to all of you! There are probably a dozen more that were being reworked and I'm unable to show lyrics to because I haven't written them, fancy that. It's sad to say that Oakvale has become defunct but the music will live on, through these hubs and in my mind. I hope you enjoyed them.