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                                 So You Wanna Make Music and Change The World?
                                                      By Gary Konigsberg



   SO YOU WANNA MAKE MUSIC TO CHANGE THE WORLD?

What do Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Mozart all have in common? And what do they
have in common with practically every other artist who's creativity has changed the world?
They are all unique.
But there is something in common.

They each changed the popular music of their times by combining already popular forms in a new way.

Elvis - on that famous and fateful day in Sun Studios in Memphis he let it all loose and brought it all
together again differently... the blues, country, gospel and regional elements that were his influences in
his youth all came together into rockabilly, rock and roll, something that had not been heard before.
Elvis on Ed Sullivan also brought together the new music form and the new medium - television in a
new way which has influenced generations of rock icons to first pick up their guitar.

Bob Dylan... they pulled the plug on his concert when he dared to bring out electric instruments, drums
and a backbeat to his folk and protest music. But Dylan had his own vision of his music and it
contained his influences from Woody Guthrie but also the last decade of rock and roll and other
influences.. again.. he combined popular music forms in a new way.

The Beatles... well they set the world on fire with their style and their hair cuts and all that. The Beatles
on Ed Sullivan - still one of the great moments in rock and television history. But do you know that in
the mid 60's they didnt release a CD for almost two years and then came out with Sgt Pepper - the
orchestation, song structure and the bringing together of elements in a completely new way is what
made history.

Mozart? Well, see the great movie, Amadeus, and you will understand better than I can illustrate here.
But it is another case in point.

Another one that could be mentioned here is Johnny Cash. As Bruce Springsteen said (not an exact
quote)... Johnny Cash broke down barriers to communication and artistic styles and, not only did he
break those barriers down, but he showed why it is important to do so.

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Cash's music contains many elements brought together for the first time in different parts of his career.

So the point...? If you want to make music that changes the world, don't just be the latest kid on the
block, the latest rapper in the hood, the latest rocker in the backstreet clubs. Do something that has not
been done before by combining elements that are already popular in a new and creative way.

Perhaps this unique combining of other art forms is so impactful because it aligns with the derivation
of the word "art" itself. The derivation of the word art basically means... to join together.

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                                  The Stories Behind The Lyrics of Popular Songs
                                                 By Bei Maniago



Songs can have a rather curious and interesting history. After all, as with any form of art, writing lyrics
and creating music can be very personal. Often, the lyrics and the music touch the most personal
insights and experiences of the artist. Therefore, we have songs that are semi-autobiographical, or
songs that are obviously based on the life—or a particular moment in a life—of an artist, singer, or
musician. Sometimes, even though the artist didn’t write the lyrics of the songs himself, the songwriters
base the lyrics on the artist’s life anyway, to give a more personal touch. The personal aspect of a song
can help an album sell—the way memoirs and autobiographies are currently the most popular books.

So there are times when a particular song and song lyrics have an interesting history due to their
“personal” touches. A song may have been inspired by an observation made by the artist, a personal
experience, a dialogue heard inside a coffee shop. The story behind the song and the lyrics are often
as interesting as the song itself. And, of course, these stories add depth to the lyrics and the music of
the song. Here are two notable examples on how these back stories can enhance the charm of a song.


“Do You Want To,” by Franz Ferdinand

Often considered as an avant-garde band, thanks to their unconventional hits, Franz Ferdinand has the
most peculiar set of songs. “Do You Want To” is an example. The lyrics of “Do You Want To” read a
personal monologue or rant. “When I woke up tonight / I said I'm gonna make somebody love me / I’m
Gonna make somebody love me / And now I know, now I know, now I know / I know that it's you /
You’re Lucky, lucky, you're so lucky,” the first part of the song goes, and it doesn’t really give the
listeners a clear idea of what it is all about.

The succeeding lines of the lyrics are more revealing, when it goes “Well he's a friend and we're so
proud of ya / Your famous friend well I blew him before ya.” According to Alex Kapranos, a member of
the band, the lyrics of the song were inspired by conversations they heard in a party. Basically, the
lyrics contain some of the words he heard women shout at him.

“I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” by The Beatles

When you look at the lyrics of “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” it may seem as if this song is uninspired
compared to the other songs they have written. The message of the song is simple—if you can even
call it a message—but the simple lyrics and the catchy pop-rock tune appealed not only to the British
but also to the Americans. In fact, this song was their first—and their biggest—hit in America, enabling
them to penetrate the country’s music industry. So how was this song written?

According to Brian Epstien, he merely instructed John Lennon and Paul McCartney to write a song that
would appeal to Americans, since their previous attempts in the country failed. The duo wrote the song
in the house basement of McCartney’s girlfriend, where he stayed as a guest. While the two had a
number of disagreements with the credits of songs they have co-written, both agreed that “I Wanna
Hold Your Hold” was “very co-written.”

To see more archive lyrics on this topic, see Lyricsaholic and its america lyrics.


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