The Sounds of Music

I recently had a wonderful, fun experience that I wanted to share with you. A young composer I know, and a young singer, both with great talent, contacted me early this summer and asked me if I would be willing to write lyrics for them for some original songs. Initially, my reaction was that it would be too complicated. The composer lives in Paris, the singer in London, and I float around between Paris and the States, California and New York. And I had never done anything like this before, but after some hesitation (not sure if I could do it), I decided to give it a whirl.

First, I wrote some poems in French, then the composer showed me how to break them into ‘couplets’ (in French, which tell the story), then I added the refrain. The number of beats in each couplet, and the refrain, were very important. It was a whole new language of creativity for me, which made it that much more exciting to work on. Meanwhile, the composer worked on music to go with what I’d written (and I love his music!!). We’re still working on it, and I love all that I’m learning. I wrote the lyrics in French, and then translated them into English as well, and the composer created music to go with my words. And on the last song, he wrote the music, and I tailored the lyrics to work with it. This has been so much fun, and so educational for me. What a fascinating process, and whereas my normal work is so solitary, this is a real collaboration, and it’s so much fun to work on this together, and have company (the composer) while I do it. I hope the final result is good.

For now, we have a very rough version of one song, on CD, with both lyrics and music, in French. The composer still needs to polish up the music, and do the arrangements, and the singer needs to rehearse what we’ve done. In time, we will make proper recordings of all these songs, with full implementation of music and lyrics, in both languages. It is REALLY exciting for me. It has been a very exciting process, and a real joy to work in collaboration with two very talented people. We made 5 songs in all, and will do polished recordings of them. I try to take a break from writing in the summer, so this was a perfect time for me to work on it.

Anyway, I wanted to share that with you. The young composer spent hours with me, working on these songs. He brought a portable electric keyboard, and we sat at my kitchen table, working on all the songs.  I had an absolutely terrific time doing it—–and I hope you’ll be hearing more about these songs soon!!! The sounds of music were echoing in my kitchen this summer!!!!!!

Love, Danielle

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5 Comments so far
  1. Miriam Brito September 7, 2011 11:29 am

    Hi, I think that is terrific. Maybe this will lead to your new companion, you never know.
    New people, new friends.
    Enjoy yourself, good luck, and May God Bless you with lots of health.
    Your kids will be very proud of you.

  2. Andréia Bessa September 7, 2011 3:35 pm

    Hi Ms. Stell I believe that when you have a gift like yours, everything out of your hands will be beneficent and surreal. You are a magnificent woman, my hero and if you write lyrics is as magnificent as everything he does … I can only congratulate – her contract for one more … cheers!

  3. Angela September 12, 2011 3:28 am

    Ms Steel, let me say that you are a genius! You have time and talent to write lyrics and this is amaizing!! I´m sure that this poject is going to be successfull.

    Lots of love.

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  5. Cheryl Peterson November 9, 2011 8:59 pm

    Ms Steele:

    I really don’t know how to blog or post on your site, but perhaps you will get this…

    Never blogged before…

    But I have an amazing tale to tell. About divorce, the judicial system in the 9th judicial system of Colorado– Aspen, Glenwood Srings, Basalt, etc…
    The Judge (Boyd) and how he let off Charlie Sheen and numerous other luminaries..including my stellar ex – the richest surgeon, most successful doc in the roaring fork valley – all the way to Battlement Mesa and Vail…Aspen to Glenwood…

    And the cash payments and the arrests and the throwing of pots and pans (at my head) and the horrible verbal abuse…

    We moved here 20 years ago from Baltimore…Johns Hopkins…and then I have the story of complete corruption by several; many organizations and people and the good old boys network…

    I would never have believed it and I’m 54..and not gullible, but sick and tired of the stuff that’s going on. I have many friends who agree…
    I guess I’ll write my own book….:)