They say love can move mountains.
Wonder why Alfred Nobel invented the dynamite then...
Hey, hey, Valentine’s Day is around the corner. You know it’s Valentine’s Day, because your nearest Hallmark and Archies stores are packed with lovelorn youngsters and already-cleared-the-hurdle boyfriends who’ve gathered for their last minute purchases. The store manager’s evil, fleecing smile says it all…..
So, this year, wipe that look off the store manager’s face, try a different approach. Gift your (prospective) significant other something unconventional - something beyond handmade dreamcatchers and mixed tapes or CDs.
Gift her a song. A luuuuurv song.
These few steps should safely see you through the process.
Be cool with the language. It's a love song, not a dissertation.
Except if you have developed a crush on one of your teachers/professors. (Then maybe a dissertation would help.)
Three words - Keep. It. Simple. It's a love song, people need to understand what you're trying to communicate, especially your 'target audience'. Let her be at a loss for words after you're done playing your song, but not because she didn't get a single word of what you sang!
Hooks make songs memorable. A citing example here would be Peter Frampton's Baby I Love Your Way. You have your incredibly popular hook-line, 'oooh baby I love your way', a soft, mellow song structure, and most importantly, a song that you want to sing along and understand at the same time.
Check it out:
Peter Frampton - Baby, I Love Your Way
Get a guitarist-friend on board. Or just learn the instrument, man
Yes, that long-haired, black tee-wearing friend of yours, who mostly spends Valentine Day (or any other day) playing Counter Strike or listening to metal. Give him a chance to break the stereotype - get him off that couch and hand him a guitar. Chances are he'll mouth words like 'not my scene, bro'. But nothing that a little liquid persuasion can't take care of.
Post that, he'll be strumming those Gs and Cs and B-minors into divinity.
Or if you have an eye for all things D.I.Y, try learning the damn instrument! Yes, playing the guitar is tough, but only if you let yourself believe that. You could go for a tutor, or try looking up lessons online (tabulatures, Youtube videos, and so on).
A sincere effort from our friends from Britain:
Coldplay - Yellow Acoustic
Play it by the heart. But don't forget to use your brains.
I know, excitement is in the air,too. You want to come up with something that just hits the bullseye. But remember, men, never move away from your game plan.
Songs sung while being played on an instrument ensure a greater level of connect with listeners. Not everyone goes for 'that wicked solo on 3minutes 5seconds'. Be a good boy, work a bit on your vocals as well. You could go about the same D.I.Y way as above (vocal lessons, Youtube,etc.) Lay vocal patterns for your song likewise. Attempting a Kailash Kher/ Aerosmith might not be an ideal way to go about it.
Talking about patterns, you have got to play it a little smart - try figuring out strumming and picking patterns on the guitar (your weapon of choice). Guys who've picked up the guitar just for this cause, try going for strumming. Seasoned players, please feel free to explore! Different songs add a different effect based on their playing styles.
Check out this hot favourite by 3 Doors Down, and take a hint:
3 Doors Down - Here Without You
Swear by self-confidence. You have to be the strongest one in the room.
And by that I mean, be aware of where you are and what you are supposed to do, at that moment. If you come across her in a public space with people around, you might freeze. But that’s the quest. Be shameless. Be sincere to the moment. Take a deep breath, and march onwards…
When it comes to establishing swagger, this is one interesting example I’d like to mention. Specimen A. A for Ashton. Walks up to the woman’s house, plays her favourite song on the electric’ to win her back. In an anti-climax of sorts, it turns out that she doesn’t even like the band!
But what our shivering specimen does here is worth noting - seeing himself through the song, believing in himself. And that’s what matters!
Ashton Kutcher sings Bon Jovi
So, go on - these steps should be more than helpful in making you reach your goal.
Otherwise, if you’re all rich and lazy, you could always buy her a diamond, right?
Merry Valentine Day!!
Article by - Aneesh Nadkarni
Picture Credit - http://living.msn.com/