Friday, September 14, 2007

The Creative Process

Ah, all of our wonderful songs we sing along to. But did you ever stop to wonder how they got to that point? What was the creative process like? Were there complete revisions?

Sure; we get to hear a lot of those outtakes and stuff when bands that won’t or cannot get back together run out of music to sell. What do they do? They take every conceivable scrap of taped music and package it up. Sort of like scrounging through the restaurant dumpster and then taking the stuff home, adding some nice packaging and selling it off as a gourmet entrĂ©e. But I digress…

Thanks to the infinite resources and time on VE’s investigative staff, they’ve uncovered some real jewels in the quest for creative perfection.

Case 1 – James Blunt “You’re Beautiful”

Sometimes you have a good day; sometimes you have a bad day. According to VE sources, James had an initial negative experience riding the subway and submitted this version first:

You’re hideous. You’re hideous
You’re hideous, it’s true.
I saw your face in a crowded place,
And I didn’t know what to do
I just tried to stay out of view

Yes, she caught my eye
And watched my retina fry.
She could see from my face
That I was in a vomitous place
‘Cause I couldn’t stand to look at you

After a long discussion with his producer, mother, and Career Optimism Counselor (COC) he decided to take another subway ride and henceforth had a significantly better transportation experience which contributed to his final version of the song:

You're beautiful.
You're beautiful.
You're beautiful, it's true.
I saw your face in a crowded place,
And I don't know what to do,
'Cause I'll never be with you.

Yes, she caught my eye,
As we walked on by.
She could see from my face that I was,
Fucking high,
And I don't think that I'll see her again,
But we shared a moment that will last 'till the end.

He left the F word into the song for fun just to give the radio stations something to edit out

Case 2 – The Beatles “Eight Days a Week”

It wasn’t song writing that caused this comedy-of-errors-that-lead-to-a-boatload-of-money story. It was proof reading. According to insider documentation that only VE sources could uncover, Paul’s original lyrics did have “Seven Days a Week” but somebody was doing a global replace of the word seven on a previous task and simply applied that to this task thus creating the change in the lyrics.

Here is an undocumented excerpt from the Beatles during post production:

Paul: “Bloody Hell, they’ve completely wankered my lyrics over at the typesetters and it’s too late to change!”

John: “Imagine”

George Martin: “Don’t worry Paul. Let’s run with it anyway. I mean, you’re The Beatles!”

Paul: “But George, I’ll look like an idiot! Everyone knows there are only seven days in a week!”

George Martin: “Yes, but if it sells they’ll think you’re a genius…you’ll be able to go on making silly love songs forever”

Paul: “What if it doesn’t sell?”

George Martin: “We’ll say Ringo wrote it”

Paul: “George, you really ARE a genius!”


Camille Alexa said...

You can't fool me.

Nessa said...

Very funny. Thank goodness someone is finally uncovering the truth behind the stories.

Serena said...

LOL. The truth -- or something like it -- always outs.:)

Jenny! said...

I like that version better!

Mother Theresa said...

Too funny! You're right, the first version sounds much more plausible - I mean, what is a guy really going to think when he sees his ex with another guy. Somehow, I don't think he'll be thinking "you're beautiful".

What I need is 8 days a week to get everything done, especially with all the blogs there are to visit.

Ed said...

camille - That's ok, as long as I can make you laugh.

goldennib - Thanks. The truth is out there (or my fabrication thereof)

sj - Exactly. Even OJ is finally arrested!

jenny - Maybe I should give it to the radio stations

theresa - Just tell everyone you're going metric for weeks and that from now on your weeks are 10 days long!

Kurt said...

What's a James Blunt?

Ed said...

kurt - It's a step down from a James Sharp!