Pause my Life:
The first song that I made for this Ignite Week was “Pause my Life.” I made it by first coming up with a melody, then adding to the melody in my head; I started doing this a couple of months ago. After I thought of the melody, I decided that the song should have lyrics to it, which meant that the song would need to be about something, and I thought the song could be about how many people are so busy with life that they don’t actually have time to enjoy it. I thought of this because I never had the time to finish the song, until I had a break. After defining the problem, I made the lyrics for the song. By the first day of Ignite Week, I had already finished the song, so all I needed to do on Monday was record the instruments and the vocals. While thinking of the melody, I think I was influenced by the music I was listening to very often during the time, which were funk songs with catchy bass lines, so I tried to imitate some of the songs. However, originally the melody for the chorus sounded very medieval and reminded me of a choir, so I tried to incorporate many harmonies and drones and a funky style of music into one song. I did this by using GarageBand; I recorded the harmonies and used the drums and the bass.
This song was about a person leaving a place with people that did not really like them, and the person did not really like the people either. However, they still felt a bit of regret not being friends with the each other. In addition, the chorus is about their expectations for this new place. This song was a duet between the people and the person. I decided this would be what the song was about because I wanted to make some sort of duet, but I didn’t want it to be about love, because there are already many songs about love. Before thinking about the problem that the song is about, I first thought of a fingerpicking pattern for the guitar and it first sounded very happy, but then I realised that it would be good if it was actually two people agreeing that the other should leave. This song also was an excuse to practice harmonies and echoes, because I found those very interesting around the time I made this song. Before recording the song, I first made the guitar part using GarageBand because I didn’t have access to a guitar yet, and I made the melody and harmonies on the piano just in case I forgot what they sounded like. Then, I made the lyrics and recorded the singing at home.
I actually made most of this song in my head before Ignite Week and I had already written the lyrics, so all I had to do was record the instruments and vocals. However, I think the lyrics were a bit too cheesy and could have been better. I made the ukulele part of this song while playing around on the ukulele; I switched between playing the chords Gsus4 and G major, and then I switched between playing the chords Am7 and C major having my fingers in the same position. Then I made up a melody in my head to go with the chords. After that I made the lyrics. Making the lyrics was a bit difficult because I didn’t know what to make the song about, so then I chose a topic that most people might be able to relate to; wanting to be successful in life. I didn’t really need to record the melody on the piano first because I had the tune stuck in my head for a while before Ignite Week.