Jump to content
Why become a member? Read more... ×


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


skankdelvar last won the day on October 20

skankdelvar had the most liked content!

Total Watts

1,493 Excellent

1 Follower

About skankdelvar

  • Rank
    Superannuated boulevardier

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. skankdelvar

    Solo artists who outshone their original band

    Not quite solo artists but Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart did better for themselves after they left The Tourists, ditto Paul Young after the Q-Tips.
  2. skankdelvar

    Duffer's guide to writing lyrics....

    Up to a point, Lord Copper.
  3. skankdelvar

    Duffer's guide to writing lyrics....

    You don't want BC luminary and supermod @wateroftyne hearing you say that. He's got a picture of the talented and lovely Kathryn Tickell tattooed on his chest.
  4. skankdelvar

    Duffer's guide to writing lyrics....

    Not necessarily. I can see how it could happen. Someone says: 'Oh, sad. Must use uilleann pipes, obvs, think Titanic' and someone else says: 'But uilleann pipes are Irish not Scottish' and the first someone says: 'Well we could always use bagpipes' and there's a bit of a pause and the second someone says: 'I know this chap who's quite good and we can probably get him cheap' and then mission creep sets in, you've got a jaunty ceilidh number on your hands and then everyone gets sued by the estate of the late Mr Jimmy Shand for plagiarism.
  5. skankdelvar

    Duffer's guide to writing lyrics....

    Notwithstanding the Edinburgh locale I would - speaking only for myself - avoid the use of bagpipes to any significant degree.
  6. skankdelvar

    Bass through guitar gear...myth?

    For some years I gigged my old Marshall JMP Mk 2 1987 as a bass head. Though not particularly spellbinding it sounded OK, possibly because it had loads of (fairly) clean headroom. It was also bastard loud even for a 50 watter.
  7. skankdelvar

    Bass Player Magazine RIP

    BGM's website has the following number for subscriptions. They may be able to help you: Subscriptions – 0344 848 2852
  8. skankdelvar

    Duffer's guide to writing lyrics....

    You're very welcome. Also, doing one-step journeys means you can get three or four songs songs out of your greater 'journey'. Then - if you like - you can join them up with some short instrumental interludes and - Hey Presto! - you got yourself a mini rock opera. Ker-ching! Slightly unbelievably, some of the best lyric writers operate in the Country genre. Example: I can hardly bear the sight of lipstick On the cigarettes there in the ashtray Lyin' cold the way you left them But at least your lips caressed them while you packed And a lip print on a half-filled cup of coffee that you poured and didn't drink But at least you thought you wanted it, that's so much more than I can say for me A Good Year For The Roses - Writer: Jerry Chesnut / Performer: George Jones
  9. skankdelvar

    Duffer's guide to writing lyrics....

    Fine as confessional poetry but not so much as a song lyric. It's not that it's particularly 'deep' but the lengthy process of going through rejection, moving on, growing, optimism and being cherished places too many demands on the casual listener - unless the purpose of writing those lyrics is simply to help you put a frame around things that have happened to you, which is a perfectly admirable reason for writing things down. If you're writing songs for other people to listen to, you might be better off choosing two consecutive points in your journey ( [Rejection > moving on] or [growing > optimism] or [optimism > being cherished] or even [being cherished > rejection]) and writing a song about that shorter journey. Try to do the whole process in one go and you're in for five or six verses of reflective stuff and dense, poetic words which is fine if one is Leonard Cohen, not so much if one is not. So: why not write about a simpler, shorter journey and maybe take the personal edge off it by writing it in the second or third person. Oh, and get the hook into the song within 28 secs or it'll never get past a radio playlist committee
  10. skankdelvar

    Duffer's guide to writing lyrics....

    After a quick google search it seems there aren't many books solely about lyric writing but there are scrillions about general songwriting which have sections on writing lyrics. And it doesn't necessarily need to cost a fortune to get hold of some of them. I just searched my County libraries website for songwriting and it pulled up three or four of the books that get a good rating on Amazon, also the book 'Writing better lyrics : the essential guide to powerful songwriting' by Pat Pattison which seems to be one of the few recently published lyric-specific books out there. So try the library. Frankly, I'd dive into a few of those books, compare / contrast, make some notes then start writing. The more you write the better you'll get. I don't know about anyone else but my approach is usually (but not always): decide on genre > think about a 'situation' > come up with a lyrical hook > find a comfortable rhythm and tempo that fits under the line > structure a chorus > write the verses > write a bridge (if necessary) > kick it around in a basic form for while > structure an arrangement > record demo > take to band > encounter utter indifference > rinse and repeat.
  11. skankdelvar

    Prep for audition/first meet

    ^ I am very much enjoying your posts ^ Nice work, Sir
  12. skankdelvar

    Prep for audition/first meet

    Indeed so. My cousin Lara married a Canadian guy who was over here playing Pro Ice Hockey. Big as a house. Met the rest of his family at the wedding and they were even bigger. One of his brothers was about 6'10, no kidding. All really lovely people and a total hoot. It's a bit like that Spitting Image South Africa song, but different: 'I've only ever met nice Canadians'.
  13. skankdelvar

    Gigging in London?

    I managed 26 years (1981-2007) and burned out in a welter of savage recriminations and erratic behaviour. Perhaps this was because the population of London grew by about 28% during that time but the infrastructure didn't.
  14. skankdelvar

    Gigging in London?

    Perhaps it was because you worked on a farm with access to a quad and a tractor that you did not need the 4WD capability of your 4x4
  15. skankdelvar

    Daily Mail and John Deacon

    Cheers, don't mind if I do.