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Wednesday, March 23   >>

WATERMELON

Re: Singer yesterday

She was pretty good, albeit a little pitchy, dawg, but I credit that to first-meet nerves. We did a "watermelon exercise," which is something I learned from this crazy choir director in college. He told me that the best way to write a song when you're stumped for lyrics is to say the word "watermelon" over your melody. I think it's because it has a specialized set of syllables and vowels that easily enable one to pull lyrics out of thin air. However, part of thinks it's because you can pull the words "why" and "love" from "watermelon" to some capacity.

So that's what the singer and I did yesterday with a chord set/melody that I've had for, like, 6 months. I like this song, but the jury's still out on whether I'll let her sing this one. I have no problem letting people perform most of my songs, but my ballads (especially my soul ballads) are like children. I can't just let any girl sing it. It needs to be a WOMAN.



We also wrote a song relatively quickly. Not joking: Like 30 minutes. It was weirdly fast. If this were two years ago, I would have been elated. Now, I'm just, like, "Well, we'll see. We'll see." Getting excited is for schmucks.