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I feel useless tonight

A confection that’s stale and might

Break a tooth if indulgence succumbed 

Better to leave me alone
I feel horny tonight

Anxious and longing cause the moment is right

Driven from terrors of quieted rage

Trapped inside a locked cage
I was searching

I was searching for my soul

Cause I was sent here

I was sent to rock and roll
Someone save me tonight

There’s no reason, no wrongs and no rights

Just a sad lonely ghost

Trying to make the most
Someone save me tonight

I’m a little boy lost to the night

With no light source no one for a guide

Someone save me tonight
I was searching

I was searching for my soul

Cause I was sent here

I was sent to rock and roll
Someone save me tonight

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In the course of writing this story-driven album, I have heard from numerous people about the amount of effort I’ve been putting into the lyrics. I’ve rewritten certain songs several times, tinkered with them so many times that I have to read along with the lyric sheet when I play them because I haven’t yet committed the new words to memory. When I tell people about the story I want to tell and that the words keep changing, I’ve been met with several comments about how the lyrics don’t matter, that no one pays attention to the words in a song, that “no one gives a fuck”. In other words, I’m wasting my time. Each time, I disagree and find myself defending the amount of effort I have and continue to put into making the lyrical story come together in a satisfying way.

That being said, I’m a terrible poet. I did horribly in my poetry classes and was lost nearly every time my class would discuss specific poems. I just didn’t seem to be able to connect the messages, to identify the subtext, and in some cases, to even figure out what was going on in the poem.

So it was a great surprise to me when I actually had a poem published a few years ago. When I talked to the girl who approved it, she said she loved the imagery and subject matter in which I compared lost love to the Trojan Horse that is aroma and how it can take the walls and rooms we have refurbished in our broken hearts and break them all over again. It was very emo and sappy and had a fantasy element to it which was very frowned on in my English program but it showed me that I can be successful with my writing if I follow my passions and write whatever the fuck I want.

So I’m taking care with the lyrics for my songs. Even if no one else pays attention to them, it will satisfying to me. My fascination with the storytelling in musicals and my dislike for the vapid and nonsensical lyrics written today are what is pushing me to write what is a meaningful story set to music.

I’ve booked time at Earwig studio next month to begin the tracking process. The lyrics will have to be done by then.

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I previously wrote about my music and a song in particular called The Tinkerer. In that post, I mentioned how my love for musicals was beginning to take over my songwriting process. In the intervening weeks, that love has infused and taken over the concept for my upcoming album. Yes, it will be a concept album, much in the vein of Green Day’s American Idiot or Coldplay’s Viva la Vida.

Not all the songs are new. Some, I’ve played with people before; some are songs that didn’t fit into the general feeling of the other songs at the time; and some are songs that were so personal I was scared to show them to anyone. With the writing of The Tinkerer, I found a structure to hang these other songs on, giving them a context that didn’t have to involve me directly. I’m at a place now where performing personal songs doesn’t produce the amount of intense panic-induced sweat it did before but having a character express these things places a thin layer of bubble wrap around my frightened and sensitive soul.

Also, I just wanted to make the album into a story.

I technically haven’t written in my novel for a few weeks now, but since these songs are about the same characters, it’s almost just as good, if not better. I’m thinking of these characters in different ways, from different angles, different perspectives, which informs me of how they would react to different things. The plot is slightly different from album to novel but the character emotions and motivations are the same and it’s made the writing process feel smoother. Both are informing the other, the novel infused a structure to what would otherwise just be a gathering of songs and the songs have helped to understand why the characters do what they do.

Ultimately, I hope this process will improve both. I think it has but I won’t know for sure until I get back to the novel. And I will get back to it. It’s only a matter of time.

The lyrics for The Tinkerer can be found here:

https://blogofahrenscholtz.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/the-tinkerer-lyrics-final/

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