BRYAN COWSERT: Someone once asked me…….

 I spend a lot of my time flying or driving all over the country.  The negative aspect of this of course is being away from the family-but it does have a positive side to it.  Being out and about allows me to think in depth about the things that are going on in this world and in my life and this usually leads me to a musical idea in one form or another.  When this musical idea decides to present itself (normally at the most awkward moments), the melody is hummed or whistled into a small recorder for later reference.  I hope I never lose this thing because the material sounds incredibly weird when it is just you whistling or croaking out a melody at the top of your lungs!  I currently have over 75 little phrases and melodies loaded into this contraption.  The ones that I feel are catchy, I label in this fashion….Cool, Cooler and Coolest!  I normally only pursue the stuff that raise the hair on my arms-you know, that “special” feeling.  I then begin to write in the standard format and try to keep the tune to 3:45 or less-no Prog. Rock here anymore!

 Lyrics are a different story.  Lyrics are the very last thing that I do; I usually go by the mood and emotion of the music and begin from there. I keep a list of phrases that catch my ear and usually try to incorporate this as the title or focus of the song.  Last year I wrote a song called “Pebble in Your Shoe.” Which is about the husband and wife relationship and how irritating we can be to one another at times-you know, like a “Pebble in your Shoe!”  Lyric writing to me is very challenging.  Sometimes it just flows and other times the valve just shuts off.  One lesson that I learned is never throw anything away!  I have pulled out stuff from years ago and made a decent song from the initial concept.

 I guess it all depends on what you’re going for.  If you are going for radio, keep it simple, keep it at 3:45 or less, make sure it has a great chorus and hook, catchy melody, melodic bridge (and a ripping guitar or fiddle solo) and write it from the heart.  Or do what I do, and just write to get it all out and hope that people will relate to it and enjoy it!  Until next time…….


Bryan Cowsert


7 Responses to “BRYAN COWSERT: Someone once asked me…….”

  1. Jane Firestone Says:

    EXCELLENT!!!!!! Very NICE!

  2. I’m looking forward to the “fleshing out” of those 75 or so little phrases and melodies… 🙂

  3. You’ve definitely got The Gift! I’m so happy you’re sharing it with the world and not just keeping it in your head 🙂

  4. ~Kairos~ Says:

    Love this blog. So nice to know more about your own personal process. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

  5. You are most welcome!!

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