SONGWRITERS No. 8 – Murray McDowell. July 2012.
Number eight in a series where Songwriters on MT have been invited to tell a little about why they write, and to pick a personal favourite of their own. Murray recently released his solo album ‘Summer Moon’ (review here in the MT magazine ).
Murray, who is also a member of NIUMF, hails from Larne, Northern Ireland, Europe.
Why do I write songs? – Murray Mcdowell
Mostly because it’s the only way I feel comfortable communicating with others. I’ve never been blessed, (or not, depending on which way you look at it), with “the gift o the gab”.
Teenage years, girl pulling – ha! No chat-up lines, no witty repartee, just shy big me standing with an awkward smile and a pint.
Somehow though, every now and then, a picture, a spoken word, a beautiful sky,
a colour ,a situation, a happening in my life, will spark something off in my mind. That’s when I have to write. The chord sequence usually comes first, then the lyrics, then the melody line. But not always in that order.
So, my songs are really just conversations with myself that others can hear ……(wonder what a shrink would make of that?)
What freaks my weird little mind out is the fact that, strangely, others actually DO want to hear !! beats me why – I don’t think I’ll ever understand that one.
So, it’s all just me talking and ranting and loving and whispering – but set to music. Vibe-poetry, I kinda think should be the “genre” – ( I really have grown to HATE that word!) how the hell do I label my thoughts !!! how does any songwriter ???? the charts have a lot to answer for ………
Yep, I reckon “Vibe- poetry” best describes my music, it’s the inner workings laid open for anyone to listen to, pick over, laugh at or cry along with.
My one hope is that possibly, just possibly, there might be one other person somewhere who hears my songs and nods in agreement. Just once would do.
I’ve been Murray, you’ve been awesome –
Thanks for listening.