Thursday, June 19, 2014

Song Showcase "Fragile"

"Fragile" is the second song I'm showcasing from my album "Thank You" which was released online on 25 October 2013.

I wrote "Fragile" in 2007 and it was the hardest song I have ever written.  

I was abused physically, mentally and emotionally on many levels and by many people throughout my life for many years.  It scarred me.  It made me distrust people and made me into a person I didn't want to be.  I felt guilty, condemned and walked around with a "victim mentality" for many years.

It made me angry and nasty and it somehow attracted abusive personalities towards me.  This was a time in my life that I didn't see any escape from and it didn't change until I "realised" that I could be released from the hurt and pain I was walking around with and that I didn't need to be the person I had become.

It was the love of Jesus Christ, that showed me this.  I realised that I have a Protector and a Father who will never leave me, who is always with me and who loves me more than anyone else does or ever will.  The more I saw His love for me, the more I changed.  He patiently healed my wounds and made me strong.  His still, soft voice spoke gently to me and encouraged me to try, to step out of my prison and to follow my heart's desire.  He sent people into my life to help me along, people who told me to "be kind to myself" and who echoed His encouragement and His plan and purpose for my life.  

My life started changing dramatically when I started believing "who I am in Christ" (an overcomer) and I let His love change me.  This has been a journey of discovery for me and every day just gets better as I discover more of the "real me" and the awesome things my Daddy God has in store for me - its like unwrapping a birthday present!  I can't wait for tomorrow!!

My wonderful husband was and is an integral part of my healing and my life and he still is "my very own angel."

"Fragile" is written for everyone who has suffered abuse, physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.  It is an encouragement especially to women to know that you are not alone - you can get through it, you can survive and not only can you survive, but you can LIVE the happy and fruitful life that God planned for you.  I believe we all have a dream to fulfill.  Don't let anyone destroy yours.

Thanks to Robin Fernie of Scherzo Productions for making this song possible, for the beautiful guitar playing and arrangement that made the song what it is today.
Here are the lyrics to "Fragile"

I'm so scared, even after all these years
I still fight the tears, when I think back on those fears
I was left with a scar on my heart
So big I thought it'd tear me apart
Now I am
I'm Fragile, Fragile, Fragile

Time goes by, lucky I'm still alive
The wounds and scars, have faded away
Like the woman I used to be
I was left with a scar on my heart
So big I thought it'd tear me apart

Now I am
I'm Fragile, Fragile, Fragile
No more tomorrows to lost
No more sorrows of the past

Now I am
Fragile, Fragile, Fragile

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Song Showcase "Thank You"

I will be showcasing some of the songs on my album "Thank You" and chatting about how and why they were created.

The first song I would like to mention, is the Title track, "Thank You".
The song is written for my wonderful husband and best friend for life, who inspired me to record this album.  He is my soul mate and he made me see that "I mean as much to me as he means to me".  If it wasn't for him, I don't think I would ever have made an album or followed my passion for singing.  He picked me up, dusted me off and then gave me wings... He has been the "wind beneath my wings" ever since and a constant support and blessing to me.

I compose all my songs on electronic keyboard and then to pc. where I add the other instruments such as bass and drums.  This song was going to be a pop electro ballad, but in the hands of expert producer and guitar player, Robin Fernie of Scherzo productions, the song blossomed into a beautiful gentle acoustic ballad.

Its one of my favourites on the album and I chose it as the title track to say "Thank you" to everyone who was involved in making the dream a reality and for their support and encouragement.   

Here are the lyrics to "Thank You"

THANK YOU - Letitia Lindeque

How, do you say what you feel inside

How do you write the words

You always seem to hide

I, need a million voices

To sing this song

To show you my heart

My soul, my mind


Thank you

For being my friend

For lifting me up

Believing in me

Thank you

For making me see

That I mean as much to me

As you mean to me

All I have to give is just myself

I hope its enough to share

My eternal love

Everything I am belongs to you

For now and forever

My heart, my soul, my mind

Chorus to end

Thank You!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Album "Thank You" Released

My album entitled "Thank You" was released online on 25 October 2013 and is available from most online retailers such as Itunes and Amazon.  

I have also released it through Bandcamp where high quality downloads are available (including WAV format) here: Letitia Lindeque on Bandcamp

The album features 10 original compositions in the pop (adult contemporary) genre, in a varied mix of styles, ranging from soft acoustic ballads and rocking dance/club tracks to funky retro electro tunes.

The awesome musicianship of Robin Fernie on acoustic guitar can be heard on the tracks Fragile, Thank you and True Love.

The very talented Rixi Roman also features on bass guitar on the tracks Angry, I Hear The Sound, Fantasy and My Very Own Angel.

Recording, co-production and sound engineering done by Scherzo Productions in Pretoria, South Africa.  

Copyright (Letitia Lindeque) 2013 Apra-Amcos

Thank You

Saturday, December 13, 2008

How to write a meaningful song

I started writing songs in my teens.  My first song was called "My heart beats for you" and at that age my top priority was love and falling in love.  The thing about songs is that they grow with you.  The more you write, the better they become.

Writing songs is an outlet for me.  It is a safe place of personal reflection, where I can put my feelings and thoughts into words.  I believe that you have to "feel" what you're writing about, if you can feel it, someone else can too.   I believe that every song carries with it a tiny echo of the creator's soul.

I don't have a "set" formula for writing songs and my inspiration for writing depends on a lot of different things.  Sometimes I hear a melody in my head or I would dream about them.  I could also just be sitting at my keyboard playing and a melody or lyrics will come.  Sometimes the lyrics come first, sometimes the melody.   There are no rules to inspiration.

This is what I have learnt about basic song structure (this would vary a lot depending on genre and artistic style, but most contemporary songs are written in a similar format):

1.  Introduction (usually instrumental and usually between 10-30 seconds in length - sets the mood for the song) 

2.  First verse (usually 4-6 lines that flow well together, like a poem - introducing the "song story") 

3.  Pre-chorus (a short lead up to the chorus/hook - usually instrumental to create anticipation)

4.  Chorus or "hook" (this is the part of the song that repeats often to "hook" people to listen to it - repetition stays in the mind forming a pattern which becomes familiar and makes you want to listen to it again.  It adds emphasis to the story of the song) 

5.  Second verse (tells more about the story of the song) 

6.  Pre-chorus (again before the chorus/hook)

7.  Chorus/hook again 

8.  Interlude or break in the song to create added interest/drama and reflection (can be instrumental or vocal), this is also usually where "the money note" would be in the song. 

9.  Chorus/hook again or additional verse if verse two didn't cover the ending story.

10.  Ending - usually instrumental (between 10-30 seconds in length)

Most songs are a minimum of 2 minutes and a maximum of 5 minutes long for radio play (to hold interest).  The length of the song would also depend on genre and what message and mood you are creating. 

How to choose meaningful lyrics:

Genuine and sincere lyrics, written from your own feelings, thoughts, emotions and experiences or about issues that you relate to or are passionate about.  If it has meaning to you, it will be portrayed in your song and it will have meaning to the listener.  People identify with sincerity and if you want your music to touch someone, being yourself is always the best option.

Your life has meaning and your story has meaning and it can help somebody else.  Write a song that you would want to hear yourself and that you are proud to show to others.

Take your time.  A song is an artwork.  It carries a special message for someone special.  Each song you write is unique to you, as there is only one you who can do what you do or live your life the way you live it and experience it.  There is someone waiting to hear your song - so go ahead and write it :-)


The love of God...

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Matthew 11:28 - Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Luke 11:9 - And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Acts 13:38 - Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins.