This is rough draft recording of another custom anniversary song. Kissed by Kismet is a song I have been working on off and on. You can read the background at these posts:
Here are the lyrics that may change a tiny bit between now and when recording happens:
Kissed by Kismet
Lyrics by Blake Flannery
She had a fairy tale imagination
A sparkling dress and an noble knight
God will write the rest of their story
And it's getting sweeter every day
Faces making glances and passing on
Chance encounters quickly disappearing
Eventually the truth became so clear
They could only stay apart for so long
They were blessed by falling in love
And they got to do it over and over again
In every pray and every conversation
The distance pulled them closer together
Fairy Tales have to grow up some time
And they're so much better in real life
She can keep her knight in shining armor
And they will live their life... kissed by kismet
In the previous post I included some verses written directly from words from a client. I looked over the remainder of what he had given me in order to write the chorus lyrics. He asked that the song's overall theme say that they are "meant to be."
That phrase has too much meaning to just throw "meant to be" in the song call it done. I wanted to give some visual imagery that would describe what "meant to be" feels and looks like. And the chorus needed to fit the verses. Since the couple enjoys being around the ocean, I used water/ocean imagery/metaphor once again for the chorus (already used in a verse).
Here's the chorus:
You know when you have what you want
When you’ve been filled to the brim
When the current tugs and you can’t resist
There’s only one way you can swim
These lyrics compare the tug of falling in love with the massive power of the ocean. This couple had years apart, but the current "brought him home" eventually. They are as "meant to be" as the direction of the currents in the ocean. The first two lines describe the full and content feeling you get when you are in a good loving relationship.
A possible name for the song might be, One Way You Can Swim. Now comes my favorite part, adding music.
Good descriptions = good lyrics
One of the awesome things about writing songs for other people is that I get to hear these awesome stories about how people met, fell in love, struggles they've faced, vulnerabilities, and inspirational events.
For each of the jaded people out there who think true love isn't possible, there seems to be a person out there living in a romance movie storyline. The real life movies play out over years and involve real life struggles such as being apart for long periods of time, mostly because of the realities of life.
Here's a little peek into one of my current projects. I am usually able to get some great stuff right from a person's own words. So, essentially, you are directly inspiring the song. What I usually do is read through what a person writes and highlight all the stuff I think is really important for the song. Then I organize it in little sections that evolve into verses and a chorus.
Here is an example of some of those little pieces and how the song writes itself when people have strong feelings. The parts in bold are word for word from my client:
1. Irresistible urge to talk to her/ out of character for me/I was very shy/Love at first sight for me
2. Always seemed to keep in touch/Long lost love wondering what she was doing and thinking/We never stopped thinking of each other/Time and distance conspired
3. I received a call one night while on patrol/It seemed like no time had passed/Count down the hours when we will be able to see each other again.
Something I saw made me love you
Pulled me out of my shell
I noticed that you were by yourself
And I felt my heart swell
You’ve always stayed in my thoughts
Even miles out in the sea
The stars sang a song about us
And granted a wish for me
We beat the time that stood between
The distance that took so long
You proved with a simple phone call
Fate was always strong
A Custom Anniversary Song
My next custom gift song is due in December, and it is for an anniversary gift of a woman who is in the Philippines to a man who is in Australia. The lady wants a song that captures some of her blog posts. The first thing I like to do when writing for someone is try to identify a major theme. After reading a couple of her blog posts, and taking notes, I have identified some keywords.
Here are the keywords I collected from her writing:
FAIRY TALES- princess, castle, puffy dresses, shiny tiaras, knight in shining armor
CHANCE ENCOUNTERS- old school mates, gazes, seeing faces, not knowing names, not love at first sight, no formal acquaintance
DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIP- hold hands, hug, heart flutters, butterflies, conversations, questions, long distance, praying, family, friends, love, faith, God, blessed
Then, the overarching theme I found was FATE... and this fate ties together this irrational-like thinking of fairy tales with the real world difficulty of living in a long distance relationship. Fate is what makes even the most difficult time of our lives take on a more important meaning. Fate brings us together over and over, until we are slapped in the face with an unarguable fact that there is meaning and promise to what is happening.
The Plan for this Custom Anniversary Song
I would like to use fate as the ultimate theme in the song, and I will attempt to use the story of Charm and Aaron in order to back up the idea of fate in their lives. Then, because it is an anniversary son, I will attempt to make the entire thing relevent for the rest of their lives. This is the task at hand, so if you have any ideas, suggestions, or want to make any other comment, feel free to give me some more perspective.