Posts Tagged ‘songwriting’

The year is almost over and I’m still reeling from everything that’s happened in the last 12 months… I couldn’t feel more blessed about this past year’s adventures, unexpected twists and turns, surprises and the most exciting news that kept flooding in, week after week. Looking back on it now, after the month of May, it all changed – drastically. The build up, granted, was intense and very gradual but nevertheless, I couldn’t be more grateful for every bit of it.

After our song, “Is It True?” came second in the Eurovision Song Contest, was later voted the Eurovision Song of the Decade and most recently (or precisely – today) hailed by ESC Awards in Europe as the Song of the Year and yours truly, alongside co-writers Chris Neil and Oskar Pall Sveinsson, Lyricists of the Year, and was also recorded by Swedish Idol winner, Erik Gronwall for his debut record which was released this past Monday, it seems that unlike what we had expected, the song has really brought on some major changes that would have been totally unheard of a year ago. Nothing comes easily, of course, and the amount of work that I had to undertake shortly after the tune took off has still got me reeling from excitement, sleepless nights and incessant creating, planning and executing 24/7.

For those of you who have waited patiently for the book (a work of fiction that is now being reworked as a memoir) – well, I can’t wait either! I’m now on Chapter 9 and quite frankly, writing and rewriting the same story can be a little daunting at times, but also super-exciting. Plus, now I’ve got a fantastic collaborator by my side, Chuck Taylor (if you look him up on Google or Wikipedia, your jaw will drop, I’m so blessed!) so it doesn’t feel all the overwhelming anymore… But it is a major responsibility, nonetheless.

In addition, we’ve got a Broadway project in the works, a record (some very surprising song choices, unlike what you’ve heard on MySpace! Stay tuned for details!) and of course the solo gig at the Metropolitan Room… Be sure to make it! Can’t believe it’s already happening in a matter of weeks. So many songs to master, lyrics to learn by heart (ooooh, hate that part, but it’s a must, what can I say!) and fortunately some of the most incredible musicians to rehearse with in the coming weeks… That’s the best part. Billy Stein, my musical director, co-writer, producer and the most amazing, creative and witty person I’ve come across – it’s really something working with Billy… We played at SteveStocking 2009 last Tuesday and that was so much fun!! Especially the Christmas number… “White Christmas” …. One of my all-time favorites!

So much more to report but daren’t keep this too long. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, Happy Holidays and above all, may the New Year bring you all more happiness, joy, prosperity, inspiration, health, stability (oh yes, in every way!) and peace….

Countless blessings and thanks so very much to each and every one of you for your incredible support throughout this year and all the years past,

Tinatin xxx


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What a miserable, grey day today. I spent the day at Billy Stein’s working on our new song – we tried to come up with some lyrics but nothing seemed good enough for the melody that we had previously written (such a cool hook!) So ultimately, we decided to finish the song on a different day altogether, but I will have another crack at it over the weekend.

Writing is a much more “inspirational” process than I thought before – it’s not easy to come up with something if it’s not “there” at that particular moment. Some songs can take an absolute forever (“Innocence” took almost 8 months, on and off – honestly!) whereas, others write themselves so naturally, such as “Connected”, my very first attempt at songwriting. It was inspired by Kate Bush’s “Mutual Understanding” – I first heard the song whilst wondering around Holland Park in London, and had an odd “cyber” idea for a song but couldn’t figure out exactly how to make it work. Peter Adams and Jane Ryall came up with a great hook (we initially called it “You and Me” but later decided to switch over to “Connected”.)

I still remember desperately wanting to give songwriting a well-deserved shot, but couldn’t find the right partner right away. The most obvious names popped into mind (they shall remain nameless here!) but the ego factor was certainly an issue – “has she ever written before?”, “could I be bothered to experiment with her?”, “I’d rather just writer her a song myself!” But Pete and Jane agreed to give it a try right away! It really turned out to be a musical match made in heaven – we very rarely come up with something that doesn’t immediately fit me like a glove. Although, we’ve had our strange moments, such as our “Dracula” lyric idea for “I Pray”…! Chris Neil came to the studio to have a listen to our new idea and he said, “It’s a great commercial hook, why are you making it so obscure with that horror theme?” We then decided to have a good think about the song and what we really wanted to say…. Et voila the final take!

It’s a quiet Friday night here tonight: it’s so wet outside (not particularly cold) you barely want to be out and about. Should really try and work on my monthly Billboard Russia column, but can’t get myself to feel too inspired. Would rather have an unusually calm evening…for a change!

Next week should be fun: shooting a promotional video for “We the Peoples”, UN radio show (haven’t even started scripting it!) and also my producer, Chris Neil is in town most of the week so we’ll try and do some writing in-between the meetings.

Just praying for the weather to get better and feel more inspired!

Billy, forgive me, I will be more “active” next time 🙂

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