I must confess, I'm a big Tina Arena fan.
|The Eleven Album|
I'll confess that she's my all-time Australian hero and can bust-out a tune better than the best overseas artists. I'm also holding reservations as to whether Tina writing all the lyrics to her own songs is a good move. There was way too much self-indulgence in her last two albums to appeal to me.
Tina seemed to be in a depressive state of musical mind when writing them. It must've been a long hard road for her and it comes out in her musical stories.
Losing love and losing self has been the basis to many songs born of other artists, but how many times can the words 'you' and 'me' be jammed into a single Tina song much less over a whole album or two?
Too much Tina! It's too much!
|Radio Interview with Tina|
Instead girl, find a single theme (an emotion or a moment surrounding it; Jealousy or Inspiration would do.) and keep it simple. Place someone else there to experience it instead of you. Use 'they', 'them', 'she', 'he' and let someone else hold the torch awhile. Give them names if you like. It's a bit old-fashioned but it's another way to get out of the driver's seat and let someone else have a go.
And try to find a happy moment to write about: Like that first- kiss feeling, getting a driver's license, staying out late, the first hit song sensation, a first orgasm, the first something moment that sticks in your mind for happier reasons... and stay close to it. Love and the loss (and all that's sucked into it's black-hole) only goes so far.
Mix it up Tina. Put a smile in there girl. Stop drowning in minor chords. It'll be good to see you come up for a major breath!