Currently in Vegas, having a great time. All but totally unable to get anything musical done - it's hard work this holiday lark - but I have been working on one aspect of my songwriting: lyrics.
It's rare that I'll be completely happy with one of my lyrics. If I say exactly what I want to say, I think it's too corny. If I blur the edges a bit to make things less obvious, it sounds too contrived and desperately cryptic.
I shouldn't be too worried, though. The lyric (yes, lyric) to a song is ultimately of less importance to most listeners than the music; I cite We Built This City by Starship (lyric by Bernie Taupin, Elton John's lyricist of choice) as evidence, though I could list plenty more number one hits with lyrics that would have made William McGonnegal blush.
This in mind, though, I still think lyrics are my weak point, so I'm taking a few moments here and there to scribble some verses on various topics into a brilliant notebook I picked up at Walgreens. Practice makes perfect, after all.
A few thoughts on some of the music here in the States: most of the best current chart songs you hear piped in shops and restaurants are by British artists- well done us! Standard of buskers varies as much as back home, regardless of the city, though Memphis seemed to have a generally higher standard of player, and fewer wedding band songs. The two tracks I've heard piped the most are Rollin In The Deep by Adele, and (bizarrely) Runaway by Del Shannon. Worst ambient music by far was in San Francisco: felt like I was trapped in a Honda advert or the soundtrack to Juno. Las Vegas has the oddest taste in music. Don't believe me? Look who's playing Caesar's:
I know! Also, a local entertainment guide reads, 'Matt Goss, known as "The Voice"...' Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that Paul Rogers?
Anyways, I'll be back home and able to record in just over a week, though I've not played a piano, kit or bass properly since I left, and you don't even want to know what all this air conditioning is doing to my throat!
Tonight we head to the Venetian to see the Blue Man Group- well excited, as even on a small screen DVD they're pretty spectacular.
Until the next time, here's a picture of an amazing cheeseboard we saw in Carmel, CA:
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