Album Concept Development! The process for one song
Below is the step by step bones of my album concept development process created to go deep into the heart of a song and wonder how that song might move between different art worlds. I want my first album to be more than a collection of my favourite other people's favourite songs. Not that there's anything wrong with that but this process has shown me beyond a shadow of a doubt, my sole motivation as an artist is to go deep into the heart of an experience. Depth of meaning and metaphor is my trademark so it's important the album as a whole reflects that. I'm blessed to create without the pressure of commercial success (I mean, it would be nice don't get me wrong!) so I'm free to connect with my soul, my unique voice and what I really want to express with my work (versus what other people tell me I should be expressing). It's been a trip to arrive at this point but the process detailed here feels original, clear and personally meaningful - what I wanted all along :)
The process for one song
The next step is to take eleven more songs through the process. I'm not sure what shape the final visual artwork will take yet (a film... a book... a one-woman theatre show...?), but I want to find a way to weave it into the shape outlined below.
If you've got 10 minutes of uninterrupted time and would like to come on a little experimental arty journey with me, go through the steps below. I'd love to hear your thoughts and feelings at this early stage of development. First, read the lyrics like a poem. Then read the story. Then finally, listen to the song :)
- Sweet Rain: read the lyrics
- Sweet Rain: read the story
- Sweet Rain: listen to the song
- After the song, please leave me a comment below or email me. How did you find the experience of reading the lyrics like they were a poem, then the story, then listening to the song in that order? What worked or didn't work for you? Do you have any ideas or suggestions for improvement?