I woke up this morning with an idea for a song. The song is based on a Channel 4 show called Humans – there’s a subplot in it about a man called George and his ‘synth’ Odie. George is an elderly man that has memory problems after a stroke. Odie is a purpose-built robot/synthetic human that has been Georges companion for years, and so has a record of everything that George has forgotten. Odie is considered obsolete, and he regularly breaks down and needs repairs. As the series goes on a number of doctors and professionals urge George to upgrade to a different synth and replace Odie, but George cannot bring himself to do it.
This song is based on their relationship and comes from Georges point of view. I think there should be another verse/chorus at the end, but for now I will upload this draft and come back to it.
Odie and George
We’ve been together all these years
And you don’t know what you mean to me
I’m not all that sure that you can
You hold all of my memories
You fill in all of the blanks
You bring light to my shadowy mind
They say you’re obsolete
They say you’ve got to go
But if I have my way
Odie, you’re gonna stay
Every time the doorbell rings
I have to hide you out of sight
And every time it breaks my heart
That’s it – we’re going on the run
Just you and me, we’ll drive off into the sun
And we’re sure as hell not going back
We’re on the open road
Our destination unknown
That doesn’t matter to me
As long as we’re both free
They can’t separate us
I’m not letting you go
They can try to replace you
But I’ll always know
There’s no other like you
You’re one of a kind
I don’t care if you’re
Old and broken
Odie I love you
And I’m not letting you go
Hello! Welcome back to MOWM. It’s been a fair while since I’ve posted anything on here, so I thought I should post a quick status update on where I’m at.
TBH, I’ve not done anything.
Seriously, I have done nothing. It has been a frustrating and hectic couple of weeks, and it’s felt like songwriting has not been at the forefront of my head for quite some time. I’ve been working a lot on a one-woman show for my degree. I’m on a contemporary performance degree and I am taking part in a festival in January as part of this. I’m in charge of pretty much my entire artistic process, with some technical support from the production team, but I am also liaising with members of my class, watching their work, giving feedback, creating advertising materials for my piece, figuring out a schedule for the rehearsals room we all share, plus figuring out how to do my choice modules in between this. When I’m not doing that, I’m eating and sleeping.
Tl;dr, I’m really busy.
I guess my learning at this point is that songwriting/music creation doesn’t just happen; you need to make space for it and you need to have a clear head. There’s no point trying to write something when your head’s full of shopping lists and other tasks. You’ll end up writing about your shopping list or other tasks, which can be perfectly valid (And can be quite funny if you spin it properly) but probably isn’t that good as an overall songwriting style.
I have decided to set myself some homework; at some point this week (Probably later today, but I’m not committing myself to that just in case) I am going to clear my head, take some time to myself and try to write something new. I’ll put the results up on here and reflect on it afterwards.
So, I’ll see you at some point (If not later today :P) for the results of my experiment!
One idea I’ve been toying with for a while is a blog for parents.
This might seem ridiculous since I’m not a parent and have no intention of becoming a parent in the near future. However, I’m fascinated with how they interact with their children and the media their children are interested in – do they watch a movie before showing it to their kids? Do they look up the synopsis of a game before they let their kids play? Do they even discuss what they’re playing, watching or doing?
I suppose this is kind of a proposal; my tentative title is ‘Your Kids Are Alright’ – or ‘Aren’t’ if the material doesn’t suit kids at all. My aim is to debunk the ever-present idea that all cartoons/anime/video games/media is for kids, and to explain precisely why, while also showing that not everything with a ‘different’ or potentially dark theme is inappropriate. I have no idea how this would be received, but I think it’s important to address this stuff.
I’m not going to claim I’m a genius or an expert on parenting; I’m not giving advice on how to raise kids. I’m stating facts about certain media or things that parents might be worried about and letting them decide what’s right for their sons or daughters. When I say ‘kids’, I’m not referring to age; my one disclaimer would be that every child is different and has different levels on which they can cope. I’ll make a suggestion, but it’s up to the parent to make an educated guess after reading the facts and thinking about their kids.
So far my ideas include horror movies in general, subcultures, particularly goth, geek and brony subcultures and some animation such as Felidae and When The Wind Blows. I’m open to suggestions for topics too.
I’ll be looking to post the first of this series sometime this week, alongside the second half of my The Wolf Among Us Ramble – homework’s kicking my ass right now, so this is just a quick update, but it is on its way 😀
Let me know what you think about this. Catch you later!