A Day in the Life of a Singer/Songwriter



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38 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of a Singer/Songwriter

  • November 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm
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    Hey Mary! I'm a newcomer. Love your channel!! I found you through Rick Beato ? I am curious… being super independent do you also record at home? I try to do everything myself, but perhaps I'm missing something important by not hiring a studio for music I plan to release ? What are your thoughts?

  • November 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm
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    The best song writers are those with personal troubles; example Fiona Apple, she's the best wordsmith since Leonard Cohen, and her sound has some of the most complex music compositions ever.

  • November 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm
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    You mentioned church bells in one of the new songs you were recording. It made me think of when you stopped to hear church bells in the distance while in the middle of your John Mayhall YouTube video.

  • November 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm
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    You need to interact with somebody else. There is too much "you" in your songs and to much experimental:"Out of culture sounds".IMHO.

  • November 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm
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    Mary, I look forward to the future clip when you show how you will integrate your new Ableton Push in to your life-setup (as usually your band plays those parts?). I have all the equipment too but have no idea how to use it as my "band" when performing.

  • November 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm
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    loved the lyric "there's a church down the hill from me – there's a church up the hill from you…we can both hear it calling me to worship you" (sorry for probably misquoting) a WOW lyric a whoompf emotional response

  • November 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm
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    Why do women put their iPhone in the back jeans pocket? It’s astonishing to me how often I see this. Don’t women sit down? Do they always remove the phone before sitting? Are iPhones so durable that they’re fine being sat on? Are women’s anatomy fine for keeping iPhones securely protected in the butt pocket? So many questions.

  • November 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm
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    Mary, when watching you in the studio playing back the tracks, this thought occurred to me. You know how most people don't like hearing their recorded voice because it sounds so different than what they are used to hearing when speaking. I would guess it is the same listening to one's voice in song. Nevertheless, I am sure you are used to hearing your voice (both in song and just spoken) now. But what was it like when you first listened to your recordings? And now, when you listen to a take and you want to redo it to make an adjustment on how you sound, what is it like to actually do it? Do have to "translate" (???) in your mind what you hear when singing in order to produce the sound you wanted to change in the recording? Or are you so used to doing it that you when you hear your voice as you sing do you also hear the sound of the recorded voice? Maybe you can make a short video on that aspect of being a singer. Or you could just say no to that and it is too long of answer to reply to here.

  • November 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm
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    I absolutely adore that riff you play at 7.18. It gives me musical goosebumps. I could hear that all day long.

  • November 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm
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    If Marc bolan nick drake Kurt cobain Leonard cohen etc were still alive would they be making videos like this I wonder

  • November 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm
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    super interesting video, one question: when a song just isn't 'working', do you bin it or try and rework it? Say, keep the intro but work it into a new song for example. I'm interested to know how ruthless you are with the music you create. Cheers!

  • November 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm
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    Some song writers (Foo Fighters) swear that switching up instruments to what you don't normally play helps you out of falling into a rut. Keith Urban writes to a drum machine. lyrical Lines from TV, radio, newspaper (Day in the Life) or conversation in an appliance store (Money for nothing). Let it Be was from Paul McCartney's dream. Change of venue, language, it goes on and on.

  • November 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm
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    Thanks for a look behind the music. And yes, there's nothing wrong with letting a song simmer. We've all heard stories about a song that took a year or ten.

  • November 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm
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    I really like that syncopated thing you've got going with your right hand. Since I've been catching your videos, I've noticed an evolution there.

  • November 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm
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    It was great to see this side of your creative process! And to hear your approach to song writing. Thank you for sharing.

  • November 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm
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    Just curious. Since you're doing essentially "live takes" with no further instrumentation, why did you choose to record in a commercial studio when you could probably achieve this in your own studio?

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