For the last few months I’ve been working on some songs with my friend Bob Winter. He has three of the ones we’ve worked on together at his website: Notes in a Bottle.
It’s quite a kick to hear someone singing something you’ve written. How this goes is that I write the words and sing (badly) a version of the tune for Bob to hear. Then he works on making it singable and providing chords and harmonies and doing the production. Since I’m a terrible singer, it’s amazing to me that he can come up with a tune that is so very like what I can hear in my head.
Also, my rhythms are often clumsy and Bob smoothes them out and we work on changing lyrics together to get the phrasing right. It’s a real collaboration and a heck of a lot of fun.