Monday 26 October 2015

Ticket 72: Embrace Your Mistakes

Sometimes throwing a spanner in the works is the smart thing to do. Leave some mistakes in - whether playing, singing or recording - or even accentuate them.

For example

1965 Bob Dylan's 115th Dream – Bob Dylan (0:00) False start.
1965 My Generation – The Who (1:20, 1:25, 1:58, 2:04) Stuttering.
1966 Taxman – The Beatles (0:00) Two audible count-ins, coughing, tape noise.
1966 I Saw Her Again – The Mamas And The Papas (2:42) Vocals enter early.
1968 Revolution 1 – The Beatles (0:00) Conversation and audible count-in. (3:23) Extra beat caused by bad tape edit.
1968 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – The Beatles (2:33) Paul gets the lyrics wrong.
1978 Roxanne – The Police (0:03) Sting sits on piano in vocal booth and laughs.
2005 You're Beautiful - James Blunt (0:23) Vocals enter early.

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For a full discussion of this songwriting tip – go here
See also

Ticket 13: Make the vocal line stay on non-chord tones
Ticket 14: Write an in-key melody over out-of-key chords
Ticket 21: Do something random, pointless and possibly career threatening
Ticket 28: Use at least one out of key chord
Ticket 47: Have a false ending
Ticket 49: Use Madrigalism
Ticket 61: Introduce your song's weirdest element as soon as possible
Ticket 73: Interrupt the rhyme scheme

See the full list of songwriting tips here - Tickets To Write


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