Description

Just a few general things..

  

  

I am calling the songs by its numbers because I’ve not finished lyrics yet and titles did already change a lot, so this just makes it easier for me.
All the Instruments (except Guitars in #3) are Midi Instruments. So I know that it does not sound very natural but I am glad about the possibility to be able to create those song all on my own wherever I want.
Because I am doing all on my own I didn’t find the time yet to create a great mix of the songs. I’ve just done the necessary things. So the sound is not always what I actually want.

I mentioned before that all Tracks gonna be connected by interludes. This EP is not just a Collection of song, I wanna create one coherent record. So there will be different Cuts for different release purposes. Probably there gonna be three version.  
The Vinyl Cut which has just one cut in the middle for the change from Side A to B, this is the actual presentation of the record.
The next one let’s call it the CD Cut contains the EP Intro and Outro as well as the Interludes, they will be own tracks on the CD Cut, so they don’t get lost when it comes to Spotify or Apple Music.
The third Version will be like a Radio Edit without Interludes, just the Songs on their own in shortened version without solos.
To nearly every song I can tell respective popular songs that inspired me and helped me finding my own style without stealing too much. I’ve re-created many of my songs more than a few times to fit better to the sound of one another. 
I’ve listed the respective songs on the Spotify Playlist after every description. These song should help you imagine which way we gonna go on the final Record, also they can help you practice and understand my songs.

Okay, let’s get in!

The Intro is gonna be a one minute track to get into Song No. 1, it’s be similar to „Intro Talk“ by Busta Rhymes for Mary J. Blidge’s Record „What’s the 411?“. You can find that down below on my Spotify Influentials Playlist (#1 on Spotify Playlist).
The Outro will be very short after the last song, but since the last song will get a fresher version of its own, I have to wait for that.

# 1

Key: 
E mixolyadian

Tempo:
110 BPM (after Intro)

Instruments on current Version:
Drums, Bass, E-Piano, Grand Piano, Hammond Organ;
String Ensemble (all);
Brass Ensemble (all);

Instruments on full Arrangement: Drums, Percussion, Grand Piano, Hammond Organ; 
Rhythm Guitar,  Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar;
String Ensemble (all);

Brass Ensemble (all);
Acapella Bass, 7 Voices Choir;
3 Harmony Lead Voices;

Structure:

Intro (6 Bars) – Verse 1 (16 Bars) – PreChorus (4 Bars) – 
Chorus (12 Bars) – Intro 2nd (10 Bars) – Verse 2 (16 Bars) – 
PreChorus (4 Bars) – Chorus (12 Bars) – Bridge (16 Bars) – Chorus (20 Bars) – Outro/Interlude Substantial Lyrics:
Growing Up, Tha Hood, Work Life, Appreciation 
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So the first one is of course meant to be the starter of the Album, though there will be an Album Intro that will fade right into this song! The song is mostly 90’s R&B sound. There is very much going on in this track, so let’s take a look at all specific parts.


Well there’s one more thing. The entire song will be in an acapella style. Which means that the E-Piano playing the harmony chords in verses will be left out in the final version. There will be a partially 4-7 Voices Choir who will take over the harmony! So those Voices will be added next, as well as Guitar parts. Lead Vocals with Lyrics will come later, cause the text is not written yet. Okay let’s head in!


Intro:
The E-Piano will stay for the song intro, when it plays the first chord the choir will get in and sing along until the Verse starts.
2nd Intro will go like the same, the E-Piano part is just a little longer.


Verses:
Tempo changes after Song Intro to 110 BPM for the rest of the song. The first Verse should bring you in a good mood for the whole Album. The Sound is rather fresh while the music is more old fashioned. Hammond Organ parts will be updated once the backup vocals are recorded. It’s gonna be offbeat quarters & eighths, so a bit Reagge style, Rhythm Guitar will cling to Hammond organ. Lead Guitar will play only in 2nd Verse along Strings and Brass. Generally the 2nd Verse is kind of happier and more playful than the first one.


PreChorus:
The PreChorus is intercepting the infantile playing especially in 2nd Verse. It should bring you back to seriousness about what the songs about to tell you. The Choir will get more Voices (max. 7) and a crescendo to the last cadence before the Chorus. The E-Piano is now fully gone and a Grand Piano gets in. Rhythm and Lead Guitar now go on offbeat quarters.


Chorus:
Now the strings play pizzicato, the situation changes a bit. The Backup Voices don’t hold the harmony anymore, the are now rhythmic eighths over Piano Chors. The Bass and Strings will get more equal. Grand Piano will stay in Chorus. The mood is now lightsome and not too serious but also not too dainty as e.g. the 2nd verse. Guitars will play along Strings.


Bridge:
Here again the Backup Choir will be 7 Voices. The Drums are kinda freakin’, there’s Percussion now making the mood again more infantile. This part is lyric wise like hopefully looking at the future, seeing soo much things coming and having a big dream.
Organ Parts will be replaced when Guitars are recorded.


Outro will retain the song and fade slowly into another groove, key and tempo to get into Song Intro No. 2.




Verses and Bridge are similar to „Thank You“ also Boys II Men.
You can hear Idea of a 2nd Intro and generally the Intro Choir is gonna be similar to „Love’s In Need Of Love Today“ by Stevie Wonder.
The Intro itself is adapted from a version of „Just My Imagination“ by also Boys II Men.
Chorus is inspired by „Trouble“ – Iggy Azalea feat. Jennifer Hudson but gonna be different because of the Acapella style.

# 2

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Key:
B minor

Tempo:
116 BPM

Instruments on current Version:
Drums, Percussion, Bass, Grand Piano, Hammond Organ;
String Ensemble (all);
Brass Ensemble (all);

Instruments on full Arrangement:
Drums, Percussion, Grand Piano, Hammond Organ;
Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar;
String Ensemble (all);

Brass Ensemble (all);
4 Backup Voices;
1 Harmony Lead Voice;

Structure:
Intro (12 Bars) – Chorus (8 Bars) – Fill (1 Bar) –
Verse 1 (12 Bars) – Chorus (8 Bars) – Fill (1 Bar) – 
Verse 2 (12 Bars) – Bridge ( 16 Bars) – Chorus (8 Bars) x2 – 
Outro/Interlude


Substantial Lyrics:
Love
The second single has a complete different feel. We’ve changed to B minor. Actually it is meant to be a soul song. The Vocals will be very soulful, basically the song is about love.
Backup Vocals are again 4 voices now. But in this song those backups are not singing along the entire song, they will be just in some spots. Instruments on current version stay, things will just be added or changed/adapted.


Intro:
By now I really don’t like the Intro, somehow it’s very weird. It’s because I’ve already made interludes and connected the songs. But I will change it, so the Song intro can stand for its own. The Grand Piano will guide you in. This song starts with the chorus first, so the Brass and Strings section get in not too softly. After 12 Bars of Intro we get into the actual Chorus.



Chorus:
The emotion should be now a strong never give up feeling, to be strong enough to get over everything. That you can get further and advance yourself without needing anybody for that. The Brass section is underlining that together with the strings by a satisfied, never tired, kinda majestic soundscape, this will be worked out soon.
Then there is a 1 Bar breaking Fill to get in the first Verse.


Verse 1:
First Verse starts very unagitated, underwhelmed, almost sober describing things that happened. Though it get’s emotional quite fast. The Verse evolves and gets more and more agitatedly. Strings and Brass section grab the feeling of the Lead Vocals. Bass Line and Piano will soon be adapted to Strings and Brass to better fit in the song. Cadences will be picked up better by Bass Line and Piano.


Chorus after Verse:
Since we’re deep in the song now, the Brass and Strings change a bit to starting Chorus.
Drums go back to the figure of the intro.
Then again Fill into Verse 2.


Verse 2:
Now I’ve portrayed the situation in Verse 1, so Verse 2 is rather settled up with that.
Getting stronger and more confident into the next part which is the Bridge.


Bridge:
This is now the strongest part of the song. The Choir is now gettin along Brass and Strings. Lead Vocals will be very accentuated, but confident, loud with rising and falling voice, very playful leading back into the Chorus.


The next song doesn’t have a very different groove and tempo so the interlude will be rather short, not roughly breaking.




The general Vibe is gonna be like „If I Ain’t Got You“ – Alica Keys or like „I’m Not The Only One“ – Sam Smith or Jennifer Hudson’s „And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going“. Basically a good mixture of those. The Drum grooves are based on „You Make Me Crazy“ – Streetz.

# 3

Key:
Fis major


Tempo:
114 BPM


Instruments on current Version:
Drums, Percussion, Bass, E-Piano, Grand Piano,
Hammond Organ, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar;
String Ensemble (1 Violin, Viola, Cello);
Brass Ensemble (all);


Instruments on full Arrangement:
Drums, Percussion, Bass, E-Piano, Grand Piano,
Hammond Organ, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar;
String Ensemble (1 Violin, Viola, Cello);
Brass Ensemble (all);
4 Backup Voices Choir;
1 Harmony Lead Voice;


Structure:
Intro (16 Bars) – Verse 1 (16 Bars) – Chorus (8 Bars) –
Verse 2 (16 Bars) – Chorus (16 Bars) – Bridge/Solo (24 Bars) – 
Verse Pattern (4 Bars) – Chorus (4 Bars) – Outro/Interlude

Substantial Lyrics:
Social Criticism, Environment, Fridays for Future 
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So we’re in Fis major. Just a small Tempo change from 116 to 114 BPM. The style is based on Stevie Wonder records.
This is the first song containing a Solo in the Bridge. Lead Guitar and Hammond organ will take their time for that. By now the entire Bridge is only a placeholder. It will be re-recorded very soon!


Intro:
The song starts with only drums getting you in the groove. Then the keys get in and finally the Hammond organ before we come to the first Verse.


Verses:
There are basically two themes being layered. Rhythm Group plays the actual harmony, Brass section and Strings playing the melodic pattern. The mood or feel especially in 2nd verse should be rather majestic and a bit mysterious since the lyrics are about our world as our place to live in and the responsibility to take care of the things we’re doin’. The Verses won’t change too much anymore from this version. Only Guitar parts will be re-recorded soon and everything will be worked out a little more for a adequate mix with details and clarity.


Chorus:
In this song the Chorus is a very hustling part of the track. It’s very serious and appealing. Backup Voices will get in to support Lead Vocals to cope with that heavy Brass.


Bridge:
As I mentioned above, this Bridge by now is just a placeholder. The entire part will be re-recorded soon. So there is not much to say about this one.
After the Bridge the Verse pattern (4 Bars) busts out one more time before the last Chorus is ending the song.

The Outro and Interlude will be a little longer cause the next song is again very different in style, groove and lyric wise.




I’ve wanted to make a Stevie Wonder style of song outta this one. The Intro is smiliar to „Master Blaster (Jammin’)“, but I will changed that as it’s too obvious. The Layering of grooving rhythm section with another more melodic harmony lead section is a Stevie thang you can observe in his famous „Superstition“.
The Bridge will probably be structured like the one in Master Blaster (Jammin’).

# 4

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Key:
G minor

Tempo:
116 BPM

Instruments on current Version:
Drums, Percussion, Bass, Grand Piano, Hammond Organ;
String Ensemble (all);
Brass Ensemble (all);

Instruments on full Arrangement:
Drums, Percussion, Grand Piano, Hammond Organ;
String Ensemble (all);

Brass Ensemble (all);
Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar;
4 Backup Voices;
1 Harmony Lead Voice;

Structure:
Intro (12 Bars) – Chorus (8 Bars) – Fill (1 Bar) –
Verse 1 (12 Bars) – Chorus (8 Bars) – Fill (1 Bar) –
Verse 2 (12 Bars) – Bridge ( 16 Bars) – Chorus (8 Bars) x2 –
Outro/Interlude

Substantial Lyrics:
Family, Faith, Care, Love
The fourth song is again in minor key, it’s G minor. The Tempo is again 116 BPM So again a sad mood at the beginning. Chorus is on the contrary happier and expressive. The song has a similar style to #2 though there are many differences.


Intro:
It starts very slow with halftime Drums. Grand Piano playing whole notes Strings and Brass get in on accentuated on the 1’s, Backup Voices will do so aswell. The Intro is quite long as it evolves to the expressive Strings and Brass in the Verses.


First Verse:
Drums are still held back on halftime, the bass is calmed while Strings and Brass evolve and lead over to Chorus. The feelin is intimidated and vague. Lyrics will have a interrogative style in first verse.


Chorus:
Drums are now full-time, it’s all happier and lyrics now are certain and confident about things. Choir will follow Brass section while lead vocals are more excited and play around the Strings.


Second Verse:
It breaks the Chorus and comes back to that intimidated feeling. On the other side the Drums
are at the beginning halftime again but it is kinda more vivid. After 8 Bars the 2nd Verse turns into a PreChorus style of part, drums go full-time with sixteenths on Hi-Hat now the songs opens and takes away that sad, gloomy mood into the second Chorus.


Chorus No. 2 is same as the first one, it leads into the Bridge.


Bridge:
Well the Bridge has a complete different feeling and gives the song a refinement. Drums full-time, the bass plays around Kick drum. Strings and Brass give confidence and strength to the lyrics.


Last Chorus:
Doubled Chorus at the end with excited Drums, again those sixteenths on Hi-Hat. Bringing this song to a well feeling ending.


The Interlude will prepare for the next song as it catches the mood from the beginning of the fourth song because it’s again rather sad, maybe depressive song.




For this song I can’t tell you a song you could compare too. It has elements of so many songs, genres and times. To name a few you can look for „Spotlight“ – Jennifer Hudson, „Layla“ – Eric Clapton (Live Version), „Just To See Her“ by Smokey Robinson or „Who’s Loving You“ – The Jackson Five and somehow „What I’d Say, Pt. 2“ by the great Ray Charles.

# 5

Key:
B flat minor
Tempo:
96 BPM

Instruments on current Version:
Grand Piano;

Instruments on full Arrangement:
Grand Piano;
4 Backup Voices;
1 Harmony Lead Voice;

Structure:
Intro (4 Bars) – Verse 1 (8 Bars) – PreChorus (4 Bars) –
Chorus (8 Bars) – Verse 2 (8 Bars) – PreChorus (4 Bars) –
Chorus (8 Bars) – PreChorus (4 Bars) – Chorus (8 Bars) –
Outro/Interlude

Substantial Lyrics:
Evanescence
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There is not much to say about this one because this track contains piano and vocals only. So I decided to write lyrics first and then build the song around them. So for now this track is just holding the space for the real one. Lyrics will be written in August so this song will get a demo version very very late. But I am playing the Piano on the Record, so everything is easy.

This will be the last minor key song on the Album. It’s basically the climax of the emotional stuff. After this the next one will be a hard break.




This one is difficult to say because it will change entirely. Inspirations mainly are the whole Collection Album of Donny Hathaway called „A Donny Hathaway Collection“, but it’s not linked on this page. There’s just one Donny song linked which is „For All We Know“. Others are „All I Ask“ – Adele or Bruno Mars „When I Was Your Man“.

# 6

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Key:
E major 

Tempo:
118 BPM

Instruments on current Version:
Drums, Percussion, Bass, Synth Bass, Grand Piano, E-Piano, 
Hammond Organ;
Pad Synth;
String Ensemble (all);
Brass Ensemble (all);

Instruments on full Arrangement:
Drums, Percussion, Bass, Grand Piano, E-Piano,
Hammond Organ;
Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar;
Pad Synth, Lead Synth, Synth Bass, FX Synth;
String Ensemble (all);
Brass Ensemble (all);
4 Backup Voices;
2 Harmony Lead Voice;

Structure:
Intro (4 Bars) – Verse 1 (12 Bars) – PreChorus (4 Bars) –
Chorus (8 Bars) – Fill (2 Bars) – Verse 2 (8 Bars) – 
PreChorus (4 Bars) – Chorus (8 Bars) – Bridge (8 Bars) – Chorus (8 Bars) – Fill (2 Bars) – Chorus (8 Bars) x2 – Outro/Interlude

Substantial Lyrics:
Joy
This time there is now Interlude, the Song starts immediately with the Intro when the Grand Piano of the previous one has decayed.


The key is E major, Tempo is 110 BPM. Style is funky and souly bit like Bruno Mars’ funky stuff.
I have to say that this song in particular will still need so much time to play around synth sounds. This is was just a fast way to get it done for the demo versions. The structure won’t change, harmony won’t change only the groove here and then (Chorus) and the Arrangement respectively the Synth sounds. There will be funky guitar licks added soon.


Intro:
Right in your face Brass cadence to wake you up from that last song. Not starting with too much electronical stuff the Grand Piano takes you on the way to the first Verse. Though I think the Piano is too upset and needs to calm down a little, so the Intro part will be re-recorded soon.


Verse 1:
So now we’re in! Synths take over, Synth Bass playing melodic licks, Pad Synth together with Strings play harmony, Hammond Organ is supporting them.


PreChorus:
Only Drums and Bass with Lead and Backup Vocals. Maybe there will be a bit of rap in that part. I’m not sure if this turns out to be a song people can dance to, It has good precondition for that.


Chorus:
Not too different from Verses right now. Maybe I will change the groove a bit in the chorus.
After the Chorus there is a 2 Bars fill into the Verse 2.


Verse 2:
Also not too different from the first Verse but the piano is now more calmed and fits better.
Then again PreChorus into Chorus with Bridge coming afterwards.


Bridge:
By now you can only hear Drums and Hammond Organ playing. This is because there will be Backup Voices like in the first song take over with Acapella Bass line for this part. Hammond organ will probably stay. Bridge leads back to Chorus.
Now the Chorus is equipped with Brass and Strings together with Cadences after every figure. The song ends with a slightly changed cadence with all instruments.


The Interlude the last one will probably be bass line only with clap sounds and drums.




Well here we go in a different style now. This one will one day sound similar to „24k Magic“ by Bruno Mars or „Love Never Felt so Good“ by Michael Jackson together with Justin Timberlake. There’s a bit of HipHop’ness in it like „Rainy Day“ – Mary J. Blidge, Ja Rule or like „Where Is The Love?“ by The Blacked Eyed Peas. The Bridge will go back to the sound of my first song on the Album and gonna go like the last part in „I’ll Come Running Back To You“ – Boys II Men.

# 7

Key:
E major/mixolydian

Tempo:
110 BPM

Instruments on current Version:
Drums, Percussion, Bass, Grand Piano, Hammond Organ;
Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar;
Pad Synth, Lead Synth;
String Ensemble (1 Violin, Viola, Cello);
Brass Ensemble (2 Trumpets, Trombone, 3 Saxophones);

Instruments on full Arrangement:
Drums, Percussion, Bass, Grand Piano, Hammond Organ;
Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar;
Pad Synth, Lead Synth;
String Ensemble (1 Violin, Viola, Cello);
Brass Ensemble (2 Trumpets, Trombone, 3 Saxophones);
4-7 Backup Voices;
2 Harmony Lead Voices, 2 Rap Voices;

Structure:
Intro (4 Bars) – Verse 1 (12 Bars) – PreChorus (4 Bars) –
Chorus (8 Bars) – Fill (1 Bar) – Verse 2 (12 Bars) –
PreChorus (4 Bars) – Chorus (8 Bars) – Bridge (8 Bars) –
Chorus (8 Bars ) x2 – Fill (1 Bar) – Chorus (8 Bars) x2 – 
Interlude to EP Outro

Substantial Lyrics:
Friendship
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This song at wasn’t planned at first to appear on the Album. It is a collaboration with one of my best friends in Germany. We’ve created the most parts together last summer. In the Meantime I played with it and made many stupid things, so I decided to set it back to the original version. But this one really has demo character since there are so many things left. This track was meant to be a Funk song. Though I think the song has a good basis it is not the one to be.

So when I am back home in a few weeks I will recreate this song with my man Wito.ne.
I think the best would be to make a fusion of HipHop and Funk with a happy kind of party like song.


What doesn’t change is probably the structure and the key. There will be rap parts in verses and a hook with lead vocals. The Lyrics will also be written together so I can’t really tell you now what this song will be like.
I will tell you about that as soon as possible, probably the song will be finalized in mid August.





For the last one I can tell only one song which I got the bass line structure from. It’s again Bruno Mars with „Chunky“. The rest will change pretty much I guess.

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