Graham Reid | | 3 min read
So a Strange Day's Night will see a number of them sharing the stage with stars and over the next week or so we will spotlight some of the performers young and established . . .
We introduce you to 16-year old songwriter Grace Brebner
The first song which really affected you was . . .
I was 6years old when James Blunt released ‘Goodbye my lover’. I didn’t understand all the messages in the lyrics because it was an un-relatable concept to me at the time – but I guess even as children we’re still able to feel the emotions of a singer when it’s delivered well through music.
Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .
The one songwriter you will always listen to, even if they disappointed you previously, is?
As songwriters: Lennon-McCartney or Jagger-Richards; kd lang or Katy Perry; Madonna or Michael Jackson; Prince or Pink?
Lennon-McCartney. No contest
The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear because they are well crafted are . . .
Imagine, John Lennon
Piano Man, Billy Joel
Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen
Melody first? Words or phrase first? Simultaneous?
I tend to find they come simultaneously. This is how I get the melody to reflect what the lyrics are trying to say.
The best book on music or musicians you have read is . . .
I have never read a book about music, however, having recently met Prof Pat Pattison from Berklee College of Music I am inspired to read his book “Song Writing without Boundaries”
If you could co-write with anyone it would be . . .
Lana Del Ray, I love the fact that she doesn’t see herself as a singer/performer but a songwriter/studio singer. I love her lyrics and her expression.
The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)
Soundtrack to Wicked – I’ve loved Wicked since I saw it for the first time in Melbourne eight years ago. The sound track makes a great addition to my jogging playlist!
One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you would be . . .
One line (or couplet) from a song -- yours or someone else's -- which you think is just a stone cold winner is . . .
“They’re sharing a drink they call loneliness
But it’s better than drinking alone”
-- Piano Man, Billy Joel
Songwriting: what's the ratio of inspiration/perspiration?
70% inspiration 30% perspiration
Usually, the first verse and chorus of my songs come from my experiences or thoughts- the inspiration.
From here is usually takes a bit more work to develop into a completed song!
Ever had a song come to you fully-formed like it dropped into your lap?
Recently, on a 15 minute walk, a completed choir song came to me. This is not my normal genre! The song is to be performed next month.
And finally, finish this couplet in any way you like: “Standing at the airport with an empty suitcase at my feet . . .” (You are NOT allowed to rhyme that with “meet” however) Standing at the airport with an empty suitcase at my feet . . .
I wonder if she’s still at home, or if my clothes still clog the streets