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Oof well thank you @Aurora, the fact that I put more effort into this entry then both round 1+2 and the impression it gave off was that….I think I might have to call it a day this season I genuinely don’t know what I’m doing  :dies:

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2 hours ago, Aurora said:

This is actually factually, contractually, and prehistorically false. :tsk: You've proven time and again you're capable of innovative concepts; "Maid of Windemere", "Lilith" (the specific angle), and "Checkmate" imho from GH alone, let alone dozens of your PH/SotS material.

 

That said, if you don't want to write innovative concepts, that's a completely different thing and also completely your right not to do so. Just know that realistically there's probably going to be a plateau when it comes to scoring if that's even a concern of yours, as a technically proficient song with an outstanding original concept will typically fare better a technically proficient song with a more pedestrian one.

 

You're doing very well this season, on track to do even better than GH1, where you finished seventh overall with an average score of 8.375. That doesn't happen without having an original thought in your head, hun.

 

I'm glad to hear you didn't feel restricted. At any rate, while I think taking inspiration from films can be a strong source of inspiration (throwback to the Multimedia challenge from S1!), I don't think it benefited you in this particular instance, but perhaps I'm alone with that line of thinking! That's the beauty of having a diverse, four-judge panel. :alexz3:

 

In all honesty, my main "issue" regarding the length wasn't that the description was too long (I tend to babble on in my song descriptions), but that comparatively it felt like there wasn't enough lyrical content to convey the narrative you were going for to its absolute fullest potential. You know, like when you hear a really good album interlude that you wish they'd made into a full song? That kind of thing.

😭😭😭 wish I could agree but the latter two also had comments (albeit not from you!) about a disappointing lack of originality. It's clearly a problem if I'm getting these comments EVERY round but I can't really seem to come up with original ideas that don't just sound like I'm being different for the **** of it. (Like I entertained the thought of a song that talked about deforestation from the POV of a tree...but that's an obvious route so I thought I would make the tree have a bdsm fetish and WANT to be torn into by a lumberjacks axe. Then I imagine its either "oh, this is a metaphor for sex even if that wasnt your intent I cant see it as anything else and sex songs are done to death" or my vision IS seen for what it is, but then...just why. WHY would a tree have a BDSM fetish. What would that be trying to say other than i,M dIfFrReNt.) Obviously I didn't go that route.

 

I also had an idea of making a song about aliens kidnapping cows because the aliens thought the cows were cute and would make good pets, but not only is that also a done-before idea, I have no idea where to take it, and I suppose that's where a lot of my ideas stay. 

 

Maybe that's a me issue, not being able to connect to abstract concepts with no real intent or message. Thus my affinity for played out ideas that at least I understand why I'm writing it to begin with. 

 

Regardless I am considering just flat out ignoring whatever the next challenge is and writing what I can only hope hasn't been done much in songwriting. I think my attempts at adhering to challenges are hurting me more than helping.

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I fear my reviews might have to be a little shorter than usual this week, it’s a rare busy weekend for me. But if what Aurora says about this being the strongest round is true, then I may not have had much feedback to offer regardless!

 

I’ll be posting the new challenge in the next few hours. Not sure what people’s initial impression of it might be, but if I do say so myself I see it leading to some really great songs. 

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Thank you, @Aurora! I’ve definitely noticed that I take challenges literally, but that’s how my mind works, so. :dies: Also, now I’m mad at myself, because I mulled over that specific line for a long time and it was the last edit I made before I did a final review and submitted. Welp, I guess you win some, you lose some!

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writing reviews now but some of them are turning into essays so it might be a while :keir: 

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44 minutes ago, fountain said:

I fear my reviews might have to be a little shorter than usual this week, it’s a rare busy weekend for me. But if what Aurora says about this being the strongest round is true, then I may not have had much feedback to offer regardless!

 

I’ll be posting the new challenge in the next few hours. Not sure what people’s initial impression of it might be, but if I do say so myself I see it leading to some really great songs. 

 

1 minute ago, Jackson said:

writing reviews now but some of them are turning into essays so it might be a while :keir: 

The juxtaposition of these two quotes. :deadbanana:

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34 minutes ago, Euterpe said:

 

The juxtaposition of these two quotes. :deadbanana:

I agree that this was a strong round, it's more that I have a lot of good things to say (and a lot to say about trees!) :flower: 

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thank you so much :heart:

 

@Aurora thank you for the kind review :heart2: i thought that my procrastination would get the best of me this ended up being one of my faves 

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this review omg

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Honestly I feel more confident about this entry than pretty much all of my other ones, mainly because it's similar to PAC (in terms of being personal & having way less silly lyrics) but I wasn't necessarily expecting THIS much praise :jonny: Thanks :kiss: Also I thought that expectations would've changed after I revealed the title "Family Tree", but I can understand how that could be twisted into a naughty concept too :fan: Yeah part of me wishes I didn't have to do a Bronze Hit either but oh well, the timing just doesn't line up unfortunately! And maybe this is for the best because I feel like a round 2 entry from me would've been a filler.

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In Round 3 you took us on a journey through the woods with your tree songs, but for this next challenge we want to see you step outside of those woods. We want to see you step out of the box, all together…

 

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For this challenge, we want to encourage you to embrace other writing styles and embrace them in a song for this round. Specifically, we would like for you to write a song that incorporates spoken word elements. This can be done in any way you please; the spoken word passages can be spread throughout the song, can be specifically one section of the song (eg. one verse/bridge etc.), or could even be the whole song if you desire. We hope that with this challenge you can experiment with a new writing style and bring a new component to your song through the use of spoken word. Ultimately, you can write about any theme, any story or any inspiration that you desire; the song simply just needs to involve some spoken portions. As a guide, we would like for this to be aimed at around 100 words, but you may go above or under that number at your own desire. Spoken word can be a great tool to add emotion, depth and relatability to your song, and we look forward to seeing how you make use of it!

 

It would be helpful if spoken segments in the song would be designated as such, either by labelling them (spoken), italicising them, or using some sort of symbol (*such as this*, “or this”).

 

Tips:

~ While this at first may seem slightly daunting as it is not as commonly used as traditional songwriting, try not to overthink it. 

~ Bear in mind that you can write absolutely anything you desire this round, the potential for inspiration is unlimited.

~ By ‘spoken word’ we basically mean sections of the song that are intended to be spoken as opposed to sung. Easy ways of meeting this requirement could be through the use of dialogue in the song, or through monologue. 

~ Examples of songs that you can use for reference and inspiration could include Lana Del Rey’s “Ride” and “National Anthem” (music video versions) and “Ultraviolence”, Mary Lambert’s “I Know Girls/Body Love” and “Lay Your Head Down”, Beyoncé’s “***Flawless* and Lemonade film, Madonna’s “Justify My Love” and “Erotica”, Wolf Alice’s “Don’t Delete the Kisses”, M83’s “Intro”  and “Graveyard Girl”, Christine and the Queens’ “Tilted”, Kylie Minogue’s “Your Disco Needs You”, and Janelle Monáe’s “Screwed”. Of course, there are more than this, and Google is your friend. Ideally this list can prove how diverse the use of spoken word is; this is your most limitless challenge yet and we believe some fantastic songs can come from this round. 

 

Songs due via Google Form submission by Thursday September 15th, 11:59PM eastern

 

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Copy and pasted this and posted it from my phone so if anything looks weird at all lemme know!!

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Okay I instantly feel much better about this challenge than the last one, that one ate me up :deadbanana4:

 

I want to make something Janet Jackson esque for this round :gaycat4: 

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Let me copy Madonna's Vogue bridge

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Pirouettes of leaves begin to fall from the trees
Circling endlessly in a storm of fragility

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That was very easy to write. Might tweak it a bit

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I sort of don’t get the challenge. Couldn’t you just write a normal song then italicise the bridge and pretend it’s spoken word? Or finish writing a song and randomly slot a spoken word intro/outro into it?

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WTF this challenge actually fitting an idea I had while I was having a meltdown in my head. Maybe I'll **** around and write it for real.

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52 minutes ago, Augmented said:

I sort of don’t get the challenge. Couldn’t you just write a normal song then italicise the bridge and pretend it’s spoken word? Or finish writing a song and randomly slot a spoken word intro/outro into it?

There’s nothing stopping that, yeah. But the point of having a challenge dedicated to this and encouraging you to write in spoken word is that it means you can break the mould of writing to a particular rhythm, or popular styles in general. We receive a lot of songs that are written to be pop or fit the conventional song formula, and with this challenge we are giving everybody the opportunity (and encouragement) to disregard this and step outside of the box. For example, spoken sections don’t have to have a certain sense of rhythm or rhyme, so this gives the potential to write in more abstract fashion. How much each individual wants to embrace this is up to themselves, but it’s worth bearing in mind it could effect how the song is judged. If someone does a half arsed job (eg. just includes one throwaway spoken line with no impact on the song) we’ll more than likely be able to tell :lakitu:

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Wait nvm just had another idea and I might not be accused of being typical this time. I'm really excited to work on it actually.

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by the way stream my spoken word smash Logic in a Paradox on Spotify.

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2 hours ago, TruGemini said:

Okay I instantly feel much better about this challenge than the last one, that one ate me up :deadbanana4:

 

I want to make something Janet Jackson esque for this round :gaycat4: 

Janet is another great example of somebody who incorporates a lot of spoken word throughout her music!! I’m not the most knowledgeable of her discography so I couldn’t provide any specific songs from her, but for those who are familiar with her she can definitely be a good source of inspiration this round. 

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