19 Oct 2015 08:28
Yet Lynne was having trouble wrangling the song into shape until a last-minute switcheroo. “One night I broke into the studio to try this alternative chord pattern,” he recalled. “Because that was one particular one where I just couldn’t come to terms with the way it was. And just as an alternative I put this Telecaster on playing these other chords and pulled out all the other stuff. Everybody else arrived and heard it as this new thing, like the same tune but different chords. And they all loved it.”
Lynne’s arrangement, highlighted by a churning rhythm section, his and Harrison’s aching backing vocals, and a downward spiraling synthesizer riff that mirrors the crash and burn of the protagonist, leaves enough space for Orbison to work his melancholy magic. The lyrics and chords of newest songs are straightforward and simple, the tale of a guy whose negligence cost him true love and whose ignorance won’t let him believe she might ever find someone new until it’s too late.
Mid-way through Sunday night’s X-Factor, during an advert break, the 30-second clip was aired. No information was shown, just a black background on which lyrics appeared while a voice - widely believed to be Adele’s - sung over sparse piano chords.
The lyrics read: “Hello, it’s me / I was wondering if after all these years, you’d like to meet to go over everything. They say that time’s supposed to heal ya but I ain’t done much healing…”
When it comes to writing your own songs, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are some tips to get your creativity flowing and make a song of your very own! (Make sure you know about chords, scales, and keys, otherwise this will be much harder.)
While everyone begins the creative process differently, one of the easiest ways to start writing a song is to make a chord progression. One of the easiest ones to use is what’s called a “1, 4, 5.” The 1 refers to the root chord of the progression and is usually played first. Let’s use an A chord as an example. You’d play the A chord for four measures then move to the 4 chord, which you find by counting four notes up from the 1 chord in the scale (A Major here). In this case, it’s a D.
“Hold My Life”: An anthemic admission of irresponsibility that, like so many great ‘Mats songs, falls somewhere between hopeful and heartbreaking, the disc’s opener essentially sets the scene: scrappy young band preps for the bigs. Westerberg’s lyrics are fragmented and incomplete, like notes on a bar napkin, but his music betrays the sense of purpose that was there from the beginning.
“I’ll Buy”: The ‘Mats would often cover old country and rock ‘n’ roll songs, and here, they go Chuck Berry with a flippant punkabilly jam about blowing cash and believing lies, which sound here like pretty much the same thing.
“Leonard Cohen, most underrated. He is brilliant. Lyrics are sexy, sad, inspirational, raw … I could go on and on.” (Sandra Bredeson)
• “Leonard Cohen is also the only guy mentioned here to get a line into my cool, 70-year-old Lutheran pastor’s Sunday sermon. For my money, k.d. lang is the only acceptable stand-in on ‘Hallelujah.’ ” (Lisa Farrell Schwarz)