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A Song Written

September 6, 2018

A Song Written

by Arto Heino (c) 2018

In my current working volume, I have not quite completed my music chapter, besides any personal and family obligations, this delay is the usual problem of simplifying many complex concepts. I will also publish a Song book prior to the next volume, included here is one of those songs.

Song Writing

Is there a a simple methodology to Song Writing?

Yes, by exercising your imagination and highlighting your life experiences by finding your emotional connections to those memories. Now that is as clear as mud, says the guy with a blank sheet of paper and a guitar, eager to write the next classic.

There is three ways to approach this art-form:

1 – Emotional memory

2 – Technical structures

3 – Poetic expression

Emotional Memory

That rush of feeling you get sometimes when you reflect on a turn of events. For example, a blues song writer relies on this for his source material, the subject is usually a fairly well worn experience, such as money problems, relationship difficulties or work related situations.

This capture of a emotional reflection can be painful, happy, sad, euphoric, funny, pleasurable, romantic or even angry. There are no limits to what constitutes a singular or group emotional experience, this all depends on the number of life experiences of the writer.

Technical Structures

These are segments of chordal and rhythmic cadences that exemplify an emotional response within the musician and the listener. They are codified in a multitude of elaborate harmonic structures, which have been used and notated in many genres over the centuries. Modern Jazz uses a many of these passages as either “riffs” or “vamps”, to be used as improvisational tools to create musical coherence.

The tone and instrumentation are also important technical factors when you are constructing the general idiom, for example, folk songs, they are not generally any more than a single voice and one instrument played to compliment the vocal line .

Poetic Expression

This is when the written world of poetry define the content of the musical expression. These are usually exemplified by the unusual word rhymes that a lot of poetry contains. The word combinations can direct the melodic and harmonic outcome in many unusual ways. Not all poems can turn into simple songs, but with enough creativity and adjustment literally every poem is a song waiting to be defined in musical terms.

My Song As An Example

All three approaches are used, regardless of the genre to write any song, saying that, motivation and your inner need are a precursor to any inspiration in song writing.

Written and illustrated by Arto Juhani Heino (c) 2018

Here is one of my songs that I wrote, it uses all three approaches clearly and expresses an emotional release of unrequited love, something that many artists of the romantic genre suffer with an abundance of. As the creator, I own all the copyright and authorship, there are no issues with publishing it on my blog, saying that, I have also broken down many well known hit songs but due to the infringement issues, I will not publish them here, they will forever be my own personal research.

I wrote the chorus as an isolated musical passage that I felt reflected a deep yearning to a loved one, be it any gender or even religious if I replaced “darling” with “Lord”, thus changing the meaning of the song.

The chords were a simple choice, starting at the 5th from the key of C, which is G, yet I chose G6, the reasoning is that it contained an E as a harmony element relating to the E in the next chord, from a 6th tension to a 7th tension. The Fmaj7 has an A as the 3rd which is the melodic note for “you”, which in turn actually goes up in the melody as the Fmaj7 chord go down in the scale, using contrary motion as a way of expressively creating tension. In the end of this first motif, “you” moves down from A back down to G in the melody, which in turn resolves the contrary motion and ends the first passage by the chordal resolution to the tonic C major chord.

The second motif in the chorus is the counter melody, responds to the first part by expressing who the song is directed to. Rather than repeat the last two notes as in the first motif, the melody moves down from the F to the E, leaving an interesting tonic to a 3rd resolution, resulting in a satisfying end to complete the first melodic fragment. The melody is repeated but instead of “love”, I replaced it with “darling”, this term accentuates the endearment and heartfelt stirring of calling to a romantic figure.

The bridge was written much earlier and wasn’t related to the original idea, it was about being shy and not revealing your identity. I used it as it complimented the Chorus by giving a face to the caller, abet a reluctant one. There is a tension that is left unresolved by being anonymous, giving the caller a shy or reserved disposition, someone who could be too fragile to face the reality of their unresolved feelings. The resolution is a minor 5th, (Dm) to a major tonic, being G, which is repeated before resolving to C major in the Verse. These chords carry the questions forward into the Verse.

The first line of Verse one was a revelation of intent of why you were calling, explaining that these feelings are normal and part and parcel of being in love. The two minor chords in the first part soften the emotive and lighten the portrayal. The boldness of the second part of the first passage here is exemplified by the imperative of “must”, implying it is a destiny to be filled, beyond the boundaries of personal desire.

The second line repeats the intent, and the second half of the passage boldly proclaims “forever”. This finality exposes the interesting idea of the human soul and the endless cycles of transmigration that occur in reincarnation, stating that love goes beyond a physical phenomena.

The second bridge, is now tempting fate by asking if the caller should reveal the name of their love interest. This is a desperate attempt to awaken the mutuality that is felt, either imaginary by both or in reality, but not said. These are the romantic notions that are felt by many, but never quite realized.

The second verse moves into the dreaming state of shapes of clouds that spark the imaginations of those who are in love, the end of the first line is a confirmation and acknowledgement that it was linked by fate and that both parties have possibly understood. The second line of the verse in another affirmation.

The “Out”, as an ending leaves the whole cannon in a tension of unrequited love, not showing but admitting love is in possession of your heart, where again the mutuality might not be clear.

I hope you have enjoyed this intimate breakdown of an original song that you have never heard, regards Arto.

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Ethical Artistic Codes

June 6, 2018

Ethical Artistic Codes

by Arto Juhani Heino (c) 2018

I was preparing to write an article about “Rusty Ryan and the Boyville Brigadiers” and the similarities with “Captain America” and its history, but was side tracked by the current online war called “comicsgate”, which is really a battle between an ideology of some narcissistic comic professionals and SJW comic shops against common sense fans and independent creators. It is where an independent creator Richard C Meyers and his “Jaw Breakers” graphic novel, somehow is flipping the lids on a industry full of SJW’s and their leftists ideologues. I can see that the success of his efforts is trouncing many titles by the corporate efforts of Marvel, DC and others, where sales have been dropping due to the unpalatable content. Whether it is professional jealousy or an ideologically fueled hate campaign smearing Mr Meyers efforts, who knows but with evidence of Torturous Interference by comic shops and some comic professionals, it might become a legal problem as well.

I gave up comic reading/collecting sometime in the late 1970’s, when the stories and characters were becoming a strange admixture of fake experiences, fantasy that was less rooted in real life events, while it also becoming political. It was apparent even back then, that the writers were spinning political narratives. Steve Ditko was the only comic creator and proud independent who was creating in this vein of ideologies and different philosophies, with his well defined and unusual characters (Static, Mr A, The Mocker), much to the surprise of many, he is still creating today at 90.

I picked up and read a small amount during the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and was not surprised to watch it morph into a full propaganda machine for leftist ideas. Comics were always fighting a good fight against the powerful and the demented individuals who did nasty things, now this was extended into a strange minefield of Marxists identity politics and political correctness while also attacking a sitting President in a nasty but veiled manner, Anti-Americanism at the core.

During my investigations in those years I found many interesting titles, and lots of independent Artists and writers, it was starting to look like Silver age was moving towards Platinum status, with the promotion of movies from comics and such. To my expectations some of the sicker undergrowth that was still attached to comics from the “Underground” of the 50’s and 60’s was resurfacing into the main stream comics, where is the comics code when you need it. As a science fiction underground and Fanzine artist myself in those days, I was not surprised to see it actually happen, the culture precedes the politics.

Promoting New Standards

As I am still editing my current book “Talking to the Birds” Volume II, I have extracted my writing about the “Ethical Artistic Codes” (EAC), a new set of codes I deemed necessary for Illustrated works to apply, so the public are not misguided by the fake and inappropriate illustrations and works created by artists of lean conscience that are motivated by political, narcissistic, psychopathic and some destructive identity politics, SJW and Cultural Marxist agendas. It was an interesting idea that I thought I would explore after seeing too much propaganda from the Leftist ideologues in print and screen.

So here is a set of codes that could be placed in a back corner of each comic to indicate where we are.

IF – Illustrated Fiction

This is by far the most popular category that Artists work in. It covers:

Murals, Comics, Graphic Novels, Books, Magazines, Cartoons

IN – Illustrated Non-Fiction

This is the essential art used by Academia to understand the past and present.

History, Journalism, Archaeology, News, Biographies

IT – Illustrated Technical

The mainstay of Architecture and used by Engineers to design their machines, electronics and chemistry models.

Instructions, Manuals, Engineering, Architecture, Chemistry, Electronics, Labeling, Road Signs

IP – Illustrated Propaganda

Most graphic artists make a reasonable and pedestrian living from creating advertising.

Fliers, Pamphlets, Advertising, Political Logo, Company Logo, Manifesto, Politics, Ideological

The Illustration Codes

Refer to the News Codes, the problems only arise when NP or NF is disguised as NN. This has been duly noted in the election of 2017, where CNN and many other News outlets used their Media over reach to create Fake Propaganda News.

You could change the first letter I to other form:

I = Illustrated Art, Drawing, Painting, Computer Graphics

V = Video CGI, Movies, Cartoon, TV Opinion

S = Three dimensional solid Sculpture, Object, Furniture, Building, Machine

Through my years of reductio ad absurdum, I have found you only need to use four categories to keep a simple graphical order that will be of great benefit to the massive visual chaos that modern society has flung us into.

Imaginary, Witnessed, Measured, Opinion

These four I figured can be written in forms such as:

Fiction, Non-Fiction, Technical, Propaganda

Emotion, Intellect, Experiential, Imaginary

To use another set of four for food production:

Industrial, Traditional, Organic, Non-Organic

Many things in the Arts can be labelled in at least a couple of categories, but not all four. The main reason is that there will have a conflict of perceptions, if you cannot differentiate these four with your material, it will most likely be only “opinion” or best known as “propaganda”. This might seem simplistic, but the greatest wrongs in history have been carried out by mistaking witnessed reality from destructive opinions when they are taken to their bitter and sick finality.

Here are other codes of vital differences that can assure a complete system that will be easy to recognize and can be put into practice without much effort.

The News Codes

The Music Codes

The Food Codes

 

 

Zit Pop starring MT Skaal

April 25, 2010

Zit Pop Musick starring MT Skaal