Something that kept cropping up on the recent Music & Politics thread was the question of how people composed their own tunes & as we haven’t covered this subject for a couple of years, I thought It might be time to bring it up again.
I’m sure most folks here have had a go at composing their own tunes over the years. So, when you compose a tune do you have a name first & then decide to compose a tune which seems to suit the title?
So for example, an odd name means you look for a quirky tune, while a pretty little name gets a soppy tune, a big macho name needs a sturdy, robust big bruiser of a tune etc etc.
Or does the whole process happen in reverse i.e. do you come up with a tune first & then look around for a name that seems to suit the flavour of your tune?
If the latter, do you actually look for a name that seems to suit the tune itself, or do you just try to think of a catchy name that might just stand a chance of being remembered, given that so many of us so easily forget names?
While we’re at it, when you set out to compose, do you make a point of composing a Reel, or do you go for a Jig, or a Hornpipe, or do you just let the mood decide what sort of rhythm comes out from your fingers?
On the other hand, I’ve heard it said in sessions …… that’s a great phrase - that needs a tune!
Has that ever happened to you & if so, have you ever done anything about it?