Songs As Poetry
At one time in my life I watched a lot of film. I still enjoy them, but I’ve had to cut back significantly. Yet I can still distinguish a film from a movie. One of my favorite actors is Christian Bale. In negotiating for “Terminator Salvation”, he read the script and didn’t like it. It was The Terminator, so obviously it was going to be full of action-packed scenes and special effects. He sent the script back and gave them an ultimatum. If the script can’t be read aloud in an empty room, and it not be reasonably compelling, he wasn’t going to do a movie with a mediocre plot and dialogue overshadowed by action and special effects.
We all know the mediocrity of many southern gospel lyrics. Half of them are cheesy or non-impacting, both lyrically and musically. Here’s a thought provoking concept…what if we treated the songs to our lyrics like that (as diagnosed above). If it can’t be read as a poetry piece, without music, and and neglect to be gripping or feel an immediate connection…should you record it? Certainly there will be differences in tastes, yet the concept is still relevant. Music/Lyrics is an art of its own and shouldn’t be entirely separated. But does a beautiful musical arrangement add to or cover up bad lyrics or a bad lyrical concept?
I don’t think it does. Personally, I think it could become Chuckie Cheese on steroids. Let me hear from you. Would love to know your opinion.