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You put my voice on R&B melodies, on top of a real country band, and the sky‘s the limit.
One of the things I really like about West African guitar playing is the way it makes harmony linear. They’re really spelling things out and turning chords into melodies instead of just letting them be these hanging blocks of color.
I used to write on pads with a pen but had trouble reading the words the next day. Years later, Bob Dylan taught me to just write and write on a laptop computer. Then I’d print that out. When it was time to write a song, I’d go through the pages and sing melodies to words that moved me.
The blessing of being able to write music and let music speak for itself is you let the melodies and let the lyrics and the groove talk to people instead of me talking to people.
Most blues guitar players don’t concentrate on singing and melodies. And forget about the bridge – the bridge doesn’t exist. They go straight for the solo.
It’s a privilege to serve the poor, to be servants of noble Africans, but I better belong in the rehearsal room or in the studio with my band. That’s where I want to be and I still wake up in the morning with melodies in my head.
I usually sing a lot on my mixtapes. I sing a lot on songs that just really aren’t singles. Even my first single, ‘My Last,’ which I feel like is more pop than anything – I was originally singing the chorus on there. I’m used to that. I’ve always had fresh melodies.
Ever since I was a child I’ve always been very attracted to melodies. Whether I hear Jeff Beck, a choir, an ocean or the wind, there’s always a melody in there.
The sound of tap is not ‘clickety clickety tap tap,’ this monotone thing. The sound of tap has depth. We want you to hear the different highs and lows, the bass, the trebles and the melodies, if you can.
I just wanted to make melodies. I started trying to do my own thing and let the melodies make the genre themselves.
When I started writing music on the guitar, it started off very folky because of my limited ability to play. It was slow, soft melodies. But then, as I got better on the guitar, I started exploring different sounds.
I’m obsessed with great endings and crazy intros and stuff like that. I think we all are from what we’ve listened to and stuff, so I’ve always focused on great bridge melodies that just kind of naturally fit, or like a crazy ending at the end of ‘Seize the Day,’ something like that.
The only criticism heard with any frequency of Elton John‘s first American album, ‘Elton John,’ was that the production was too grandiose. The melodies were superb, and lyrics frequently very good, and the performances flawless.
When writing music for the ‘Kaddish,’ I evoked the prayers that were sung in Eastern Galicia, Ukraine and Romania. I was advised by my late friend, Boris Carmeli… He would sing me various melodies that were sung by his grandfather, thus they had to be at least as old as the mid-19th century.
I’m definitely using different parts of myself, but I think when it comes down to words and melodies, I can’t really force anything too much.
Lia Ices
People forget how outcast ‘They Might Be Giants‘ can be. They have a reputation for writing really deft, funny, clever melodies, and they also make a lot of music for kids, which is terrific, but when you see them in concert, they can rock the house.
The one area where I’ll say that Hendrix is underrated was his ability to use chord melodies. He used different inversions of chords and was able to make a three-piece band sound absolutely huge. From the moment Hendrix and the Experience came on the scene, power trios had their work cut out for them.
Same with anyone who‘s been flying for years and loves it still… we’re part of a world we deeply love. Just as musicians feel about scores and melodies, dancers about the steps and flow of music, so we’re one with the principle of flight, the magic of being aloft in the wind!
What I can feel the most and what I can remember the most are the melodies I want to write to.
I know I can’t do everything myself. So I know I specialize in my melodies and I do some of my demo work. I pass it on to my producers who are much better at the production level.
Paul Taylor
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.
I will never, never ever sing on stage, but when I’m in the studio, I do sing melody lines. When I’m working with singer-songwriters, and I hear melodies, I can guide them. I will be like, ‘Oh no, do this this this.’ But you will never hear my voice on a Martin Garrix track.
Poems, unlike songs, are written to be read and, thus, come equipped with their own rhythms and melodies; they’re self-contained entities, the whole shebang.
I’m a songwriter. I need silence to hear the melodies, so I don’t fill the days with a lot of sound.
Singing beautiful melodies is one thing, but to deliver the text so that the people understand it, even in a foreign language, has to be worked at very hard.
Maureen Forrester
I’ll only pick up my guitar if something is knocking on the door. Once the melodies have sort of been bothering me for a time, then I pick up my guitar and try to find them. But only if they want to be found.
There is some Eighties music that is just timeless. The melodies, the lyrics… I called it church. Church in club. You can shout and dance. The best of the Eighties was club church.
Jazz should be recognized as music of the people, based in a lot of accents and melodies. What is jazz but music that people danced to? Jazz has the dynamic thing. I don’t think you have to be playing only Charlie Parker licks on your horn or whatever the new version of that is.
I have no want or desire to solo. I’d rather create melodies and accompanying parts.
I try to focus on the melodies and try to make everything else minimal. The melody and the lyrics are most important to me.
I think Sia is a pretty good reference for me because her way of ‘singing and the way she composes the melodies and writes the lyrics is very similar to what I’ve always done.
I usually like listening to music that only have melodies and no lyrics.
Kim Woo-bin
I like to hear melodies that go from one extreme to the next- saxophone to a bell to a whistle, for instance.
I really don’t have an ear for pitch. I can’t sing at all, I can’t hum melodies and I can’t write riffs.
In country music the lyric is important and the melodies get a little more complex all the time, and you hear marvelous new singers who are interested in writing and interpreting a lyric and in all form of popular music.
Dinah Shore
I’ve always had an ear for melodies, and they veer pop. My lyrics are more country – what I love is the storytelling and the structure, how tight the rhymes can be. But pop melodies have always been intrinsically linked to my writing style.
I know that my passion is for opera, but sometimes I like also to sing songs, because there are many beautiful melodies.
If you listen to Tears for Fears, they had great melodies and less rigid cut-and-paste.
In western classical music with an orchestra, you focus the orchestra on melodies and harmony. In African music, the biggest focus is on rhythms and counter-rhythms – the complexity of rhythms.
I used to help Viv with the chords and melodies sometimes.
Neil Innes
Ever since I can remember, I hated silence. I wanted it filled with guitars and melodies to sing all day.
Lyrics are important, but it’s hard, because English isn’t my first language – although it feels like it is these days! I grew up with amazing melodies, so getting that right on a song has always been the key thing for me, but there’s no reason why a great melody doesn’t deserve great lyrics.
In English, the sounds and melodies I created were an inspiration to me, and words came to me as I explored the sounds, and from there I was able expand on the meaning.
I could probably have an idea one day and then go into the studio and really wanna write about just that idea that I have in mind. Or it can vary with just a simple beat and I just do a bunch of melodies on the track that inspire me.
On its fifth full-length album, ‘Cervantine,’ A Hawk and a Hacksaw’s love of the Balkans continues unabated, but with new songs and collaborators. In ‘Uskudar,’ the music finds an equal balance of sweet, sour and earthy sounds with nimble string melodies and a grunting tuba.
People always talk about the lyrics of Leonard Cohen, but I like his melodies. They are very defined and original.
Listening to all these different musical genres from all over the world and listening to my father‘s record collection, the Irish folk influences from home. Of course they’re all in there somewhere hiding within the lyrics and melodies. But rap music was the biggest influence on my way of writing and my performing.
I love countermelodies, I love hooks and melodies that stick in your head. If I could put 20 melodies in a song and they would all work together, I would.
I come from a jazzy, acoustic, folky background. Everything has to work with melodies; the words have to have meaning.
I think if you go to ‘Strength of the World,’ a song like that, the chorus isn’t that great, but you go into the bridge and other things and the catchier parts and the better melodies we were really focused on.
At times I have a beat first and then I write. Sometimes I have a melody in my head and I pick up the guitar to develop the song. Other times I just write without any melodies, and I end up using those lyrics when I think I have the appropriate instrumental that would bring out and depict the emotions of what I have written.
When I listen to my favorite songwriters, they have such simple melodies and chords. I occasionally manage to stop at the right time, but all too often I keep on going until I have way too many notes and words. But that’s just what I do.
I found when I started getting serious about writing music, that my writing was country songs. It was basically country subject matter, country melodies and simple chord changes.
The type of music I make, it’s not just straight-up rapping. There’s emotion in it. That’s why people feel each song differently. I get all my vibes from rock music, you know? All my melodies and all that.
Once I came along, I started giving more smooth melodies, more songs for the ladies, a new vibe, and Philly wasn’t used to all that.
PnB Rock
What’s the essence of the Go-Go‘s? Great melodies, guitar hooks, driving drums. All of that.
I’m starting to play all the melodies with kind of keyboard sound but playing it from the bass guitar.
I did psychology at university, but I wouldn’t say that my music is too influenced by it. The way I make music is a little more to do with an emotional connection. When I compose the melodies for my tracks, it always comes from the heart.
What always draws me back to the Caribbean vibes are the upbeat vibrations of welcoming melodies and positive energy exchange through the rhythms that make you feel like dancing with someone.
The ’60s was a magical time in the music business. So much creativity and talent. I think a lot of it came from the fact that we had grown up before rock n’ roll. We listened to all the great songwriters and big bands, songs with great lyrics and melodies. I think that really influenced everybody.
A song that sounds simple is just not that easy to write. One of the objectives of this record was to try and write melodies that continue to resonate.
My biggest influence growing up was Avicii, who put me onto creating the sorts of melodies that feature throughout my songs today.
I’m not big on rap, to be honest. I just don’t get it. It’s angry people shouting. I like a song, melodies, people singing.
I like inventive melodies and chord changes, a little bit of creativity.
When I hear someone, instantaneously, I’m like, ‘Who’s singing?’ You’re giving people so much of yourself, and my voice is the most natural, distinctive tool I have. It’s up to me to express myself on a wider scale than just writing vocal melodies and lyrics.
Chemistry is the melodies you can play on vibrating strings.
I have always had problems with my voice, and the piano helped me believe the song could be bigger than my voice, and I could play with new melodies and things that I couldn’t on guitar. It was easier to make the sound fuller and easier to get away with not being as good.
Where prominent writers are expected to have a socially, politically responsible voice, musicians sometimes find meaning only in the voice which produces melodies with vocal chords.
John Williams is, without question, talented. He writes very good scores and very good melodies and all that.
I knew I had a sharper mind than most others and I had a sense of rhyme. One didn’t even need to sing melodies. It felt like the perfect way to make my way out of the gutter.
I think with me and the type of music that I’m trying to make, it’s always going be soulful because I grew up listening to different types and variations of soulful melodies and jazz, but experimenting with different types of stylistic souls.
Brazilian music has many of the ingredients that I strive for in my own music: Strong melodies and a disciplined but intense rhythmic concept, and interesting harmonies.
Hip-hop is getting to the point now where they are going to start sounding like Al Jarreau or Bobby McFerrin or some of the other poets. Some of the better rappers can rap real fast without even melodies. It’ll get to that same point.
I think a lot of people try to be someone else, and Young Thug really is who he is. I love his melodies, how he dresses, how he carries himself.
When I’m on a plane, I am the annoying person humming into my phone. Sitting there static with nothing to do, a lot of melodies come to me. So I’ve written a lot of songs on planes.
What do I call my music? Beats with melodies.
I try to use a lot of rap elements but my main thing is melodies.
Lil Mosey
Generally, I like Indian music because the melodies are usually not too complex, which is how I like music, and that’s the way I write music.
Pop is a little bit theatrical. That’s the whole vibe. That’s the point – is that it’s great music, great melodies, great hooks. But, on top of it, it’s a presentation. There’s a showmanship about it. And that’s why I wanted to be a pop star.
When people hear sing-songy melodies, they think the lyrics will be nice, too. I guess there’s a depressing or psychotic side to my personality that pops out in the lyrics.
There are only so many notes so there must be only so many melodies.
You know what, I am not gonna lie, that Taylor Swift ‘Trouble’ song? I can’t resist that song. Her melodies are very catchy.
Jacob Artist
For every album we worked on, I brought in reels of tape of somewhere between fourteen and eighteen songs – some of them completed, with lyrics and melodies, some of them basic tracks. Things came out of those products. Like, for ‘Hotel California’, I think I had a reel with sixteen songs on it.
It’s really hard for me to sing and play bass. Unless you’re singing something that’s kind of in rhythm with the bass, the melodies, it’s just difficult.
I was three or four, and my mother would have a Bing Crosby record playing through the house. It was my introduction to jazz, harmonies, melodies, musicianship, and emotion.
I kind of always thought that I had a good ear for melodies. I think in terms of melody. I can just be walking and I’ll hear a melody.
I want to show my versatility and how diverse I am, how I approach the track, my rhythm, my melodies. It’s something different. Sometimes, the things I do haven‘t ever been done.
When I wrote the lyrics, melodies, and the first themes of ‘Serendipity,’ I tried to come up with some rare things you find in life, something very special, like the calico, three-striped cat; things that have extraordinary meanings in people’s lives.
Country songs are theatrical songs, they tell stories, and wear the hearts on their sleeves and they have great melodies.
To me, dance music is a lot of space – to listen to other things than melodies. I think club music and dance music really require a different way of listening.
We love great melodies and great songs that have great hooks and melodies, so we start a little bit more on that side as opposed to other people that start more lyric-based. Sometimes we’ll do it the other way.
Dave Haywood
Great music is just very clear. Sonically and lyrically, you understand the point of view, you understand the melodies, you understand the vibe, and you understand the lyric pretty damn quickly. To me, that doesn’t make it ‘less than’ – it makes it ‘more than.’
I enjoy singing soulful melodies because they add that extra zing to your performance.
We really like having songs where we think the arrangement is just as important as the melodies, even though they’re typically not.
Much as I adore the melodies, I choose a song for what it has to say.
I’m not just making rhymes and making melodies. I’m expressing my true life force, energy.
I was drawn to love songs, but I was just drawn to great music – no matter if it’s hip-hop, pop, R&B or whether it’s rock n’ roll or country. It could be a Garth Brooks song, and if it’s a smash, then I’ll love the different wordplay and different melodies. That’s what I’m a fan of – great music.
When you sample something, you’re using the crutch of borrowing chords and melodies from a song that’s already great, that’s already stood the test of time, that’s already special. When you’re trying to do it all from scratch, you’re writing something brand new that has to stand on its own.
Every new experience will trigger melodies in my head.
I do spend time trying to find good melodies, and I try to remember them when I do discover them. But also it’s mostly intuitive; I noodle around with the line until it sounds and feels right.
I’m glad I’ve been offered songs from various genres, but I love singing melodies the most.
In string theory, all particles are vibrations on a tiny rubber band; physics is the harmonies on the string; chemistry is the melodies we play on vibrating strings; the universe is a symphony of strings, and the ‘Mind of God‘ is cosmic music resonating in 11-dimensional hyperspace.
I really like melodies that have a certain tension against the chords. I like writing things that are sort of insistent.
My first instrument was my voice. I was always singing and writing melodies when I was a little kid. I just sort of taught myself whatever was around. If there were instruments around, I’d play them. I always liked the idea of not being shown but coming up with my own energetic connection to the instrument.
I like the sounds of EDM; the guys create new sounds, beautiful sounds. The melodies, it’s a little less. I like the kind of melodies I did with Donna Summer, or ‘Flashdance,’ where you have a verse, a chorus – a song setup.
I would love to hone my skills and learn Indian classical music. It’s a vast sea of melodies and ragas, and I enjoy it immensely.
When I hear ‘fusion,’ I think of Tricky-Dick stuff – really hairy melodies played in unison. It’s like, ‘Why?’
I don’t meditate in any formal way, but I often lie in bed or find myself in nature and enter into that state of quiet where I get images, feelings, or melodies.
I grew up watching Gregory Hines banging out rhythms like drum beats, and Jimmy Slyde dancing these melodies, you know, bop-bah-be-do-bap, not just tap-tap-tap. Everyone else was dancing in monotone, but I could hear the hoofers in stereo, and they influenced me to have this musical approach towards tap.
Drake is damn near the best with melodies.
If you see a credit with just my name on it, that means I write absolutely everything: rhythm guitar parts, guitar melodies, vocal melodies… absolutely everything, really.
With ‘The Xpose,’ the main challenge was to create timeless melodies. The thriller is set in the ’60s, and we didn’t want the songs to sound dated.
Overall, Korean pop serves as the foundation of my musical upbringing. As a result, the melodies that I create just exude that type of vibe.
Well, what I love about ’80s rock music is the amazing, fantastic melodies.
I can almost see the music. It comes in the form of colors – colors jump out at me, and that translates into notes. They come fully formed: the orchestration parts, not just the melodies. Even though they’re not always the right ones to use, the initial idea comes like that.
One would be lying if one didn’t say that one had melodies that I keep in my back pocket.
It’s like a painter with various layers of paint. I start with a drum loop and add keyboards, and then melodies start to take shape. The vocals happen later. I’ve never really done therapy before, but it’s a form of therapy. Everything else falls away.
But Contra la Puerta was done mostly in the opposite way, starting with sounds and melodies.
I compose melodies in my head and then interpret them musically with my guitar and keep them recorded. The guitar helps me to build unique chord structures on simple melodies.
I write lyrics. putting words and melodies to my songs. That’s a real challenge, I take it on vigorously.
Often, when I work with a vocalist, I like to focus on the melodies first.
I love country music so much. I love all kinds of music. But when it comes down to it, I’m from East Tennessee, and country melodies and country songs have always just sliced me in the heart.
I’m usually pretty good at remembering the melodies that I wrote.
Often, with our music, there’s quite a lot going on, so people hear melodies that sound up and catchy, and production, and maybe don’t really listen to what the songs are about, so it’s nice to sing a song like ‘The Currents‘ and really mean it.
I try to find very simplistic melodies, which are the hardest ones to create.
So I concentrated on the rhythmic side of things, and therefore left a lot of holes. I didn’t want to use big pad chords everywhere. All of the songs are built up of small melodies and counter melodies all played very rhythmically.
Midge Ure
‘Course, ‘Santini’ bombed in England, y’know. It came out at the height of the New Wave, which couldn’t have been a worse time for a solo singer trying to sell rock melodies.
If you can say the lyrics almost like a poem and they stand up, that’s a great thing. Some songs have great lyrics and I don’t like the melodies, and vice versa.
I realized that, for me, great records always moved me with the lyrics and the melodies. And so I said, ‘I think I can do it now,’ ’cause I found a team of people who understand I didn’t want a record that was ‘drop it, pop it, shake it’ just ’cause I can dance.
Words have been the most difficult thing for me. Melodies have been the easiest for me; I have more than enough melodies to go around.
For me, pop melodies are their own thing that have their own emotion, but they don’t necessarily belong exclusively in a pop song.
I get to play around with different ideas and beautiful melodies. I don’t have to yell in a rock voice. I think you can get an emotional depth in the types of rooms we’re playing that you can’t find in larger rooms.
There is no roles. No one is keeping any roles. The drummer is also answering everybody and everything. So it is a constant conversation and communication between musicians on an extremely high level with extremely valuable material, motifs, and melodies.
Along with its enchanting and exquisite melodies, West Side Story has attitude and a tremendous amount of frenetic energy. It’s emotional, theatrical and technical. It’s everything.
You know, many people do not know that I am so immersed when it comes to music. I have such a huge knowledge of music. I like my songs, I like my melodies, my harmonies, you know.
I am moved more by melodies, song structure, and evocative textures.
I think I have a sound or a certain feel in certain harmonies in the way I construct melodies.
I listen to what people say in the songs, not just the melodies. With rappers you gotta listen to what they say.
At an early age, I understood music… the rhyme schemes, melodies and harmonies.
I usually dream of melodies. When I wake up I have them in my head. I usually come up with things in the middle of the night because that’s when my mind is the quietest. I always have my tape recorder, pen and pad by my bed just in case.
Something we’re really known for is our signature harmonies, our great melodies – stuff that just makes you feel something and moves you.
I like Dej Loaf for her melodies, and I love her style.She reminds me of myself.
I love Bill Finn’s stuff. It’s so rewarding for an actor. It’s conversational but intricate. He writes some beautiful, simple songs and melodies, but he also writes this cacophony for people.
Max von Essen
I always enjoy rhythms and melodies, but I always use my voice as more of an instrument and less of a soapbox for me to say or to preach.
I use my phone to record notes or hum melodies. That’s how I remember them.
I really like melodies.
When I found somebody who I fell in love with, it made me feel different than I felt the rest of the day. It was electrifying. That’s what inspired the ‘Off to the Races‘ melodies. That’s one of the times when you’re feeling electrified by someone else and they make you happy to be alive.
I want people to hear my lyrics and my melodies and say, ‘That dude‘s in pain.’
Some things remain fragments, just the lyrics and melodies or a line or two or a verse.
I was always going out to joints in Jersey that played country music. I was always around it. I liked the lyrics, the simple melodies, the soulful-ness.
There’s the drums, the music, the melodies, the lyrics, the production, the artwork: there are so many elements to making an album, and the drumming is just a very small fraction of what I focus on.
My creative process is quite slow. I hear melodies in my head while I’m washing the dishes and I allow my subconscious to do the work.
I used to – my earliest memory of waking up with a melody in my head was, you know, 8, 9, 10. I’ve always heard kind of melodies in my head.
One of the first albums I can remember hearing was a Supertramp best of, with mostly ‘Breakfast in America’ songs on it. It’s kind of the same thing as the Flaming Lips, where there are these really melancholy lyrics and melodies, yet it’s extremely uplifting. They’re like a nonfuturistic version of the Flaming Lips.
I have written most of my melodies walking and I feel it is definitely one of the most helpful ways of sewing all of the different things in your life together and seeing the whole picture.
I think more influential than Emily Dickinson or Coleridge or Wordsworth on my imagination were Warner Brothers, Merrie Melodies, and Loony Tunes cartoons.
Beyonce did an incredible job of differentiating the sound of Destiny‘s Child in her songs. When you hear Destiny’s Child, you know it based on the harmonies and the melodies.
I first write melodies that will make people shiver, and then, I add the lyrics.
When it comes to melodies, production, and sound in pop music, people try to be formulaic and solely concerned with what’s resonant in a way that is so cheap and ugly. It actually just devolves culture, ultimately.
The albums ‘Heaven On Earth’ and ‘Runaway Horses‘ and ‘Live Your Life Be Free‘ were harking back to when I was a young girl and listening to Californian radiolush productions, complicated melodies, harmonies like the Beach Boys and the Mamas and Papas. That’s what those albums remind me of.
Composing gives me a chance to work in multiple dimensions and helps me pare down my melodies into what is essential. Learning new skills has always energized me and scoring has opened up a world of sonic possibilities.
My lyrics are more country – what I love is the storytelling and the structure, how tight the rhymes can be. But pop melodies have always been intrinsically linked to my writing style.
I think I’m much more of a guitar-songwriter than a singer. I start with chords and then test out melodies rather than improvising over it.
It’s hard – some people get inspired by a feeling, but I’m mostly inspired by melodies.
I would write poems and think up melodies to them later.
Usually, I’ll just be walking from my house to somewhere else, and melodies and words will start coming up, and I’ll have to run home to write it all down.
First of all, The Go-Go’s have always had pop melodies, OK? And the punk aspect was just at the root of it.
Singing in Spanish is much more honest, much closer to my roots. For me, Spanish is essential. I still think in Spanish, dream in Spanish. It’s the melodies and arrangements that transmit meaning.
There’s a gray area between Conservative and Orthodox people, for whom you don’t screw around with the mezuzah, you don’t mess with the holy melodies.
I always start with writing vocal melodies before writing lyrics.