Saturday, May 31, 2014


Here is song number ten, Perfect Little Robot. I started thinking up the lyrics to this song more than a year ago while I was sitting at a computer doing a very boring job. I won't go into the gory details. But the first four or so lines came into my head pretty much all at once. And a tune, though not the one I ended up with.

And that's an interesting story, really. The original tune was nearly monotonous, not in the sense of being boring, but in the sense of having few note changes. But I wanted to have the "robot" parts done with an auto-tune effect to make them sound more mechanical, so I came up with the current tune to give more variations for the auto-tune to correct.

But when I applied the effect, it didn't help the illusion at all, and it made the lyrics much harder to understand. So I ditched auto-tune, but kept the melody, which I quite like for this song.

This is another one of those times, too, when I really need to thank the Berklee School of Music and Pat Pattison for offering the online songwriting course I took through Coursera. The tools I learned to use in that course really gave this song far more lyrical depth and forward momentum than I would ever have been able to achieve earlier in my songwriting efforts.

And so, here it is:

I hope you like it. Meanwhile, I'm moving on to the next song ASAP.

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