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About Alana

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  • Birthday 06/30/1990

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    singing, songwriting, piano, guitar, television, taking walks, and anything Disney related.

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    Alana Grace Franklin


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  1. Thanks, Viktoria. I fixed the link.
  2. I'm always confused on what to define myself as. I guess I'm folk. But, this seems... too peppy for folk? And too quirky for pop... Anyways, this is "Analogy Song". I am so excited to have finally finished this: It's the longest I've ever taken writing a song. I'm looking for all types of critique. I'm just gonna let it speak for it's self. Lyrics: You're a pony. I'm an eight-year-old-kid. I want you. It's like you're bologna and I'm cheese whiz: We're just too good to be true. I'm bubbles, you're a bath. You're an angle, I like math. You're the mayor, and I'm Mrs. Who. I can't help it: I like you. Chorus: We just go together in a way that's so madcore. No matter what the weather us will never be a chore. You're so sweet and I' so cute. We make more sense than fries on fruit. You are socks, I am shoes. It's like I'm me, and you're like you. You're cold. I'm a hypochondriac. I get you. I'm not gonna fold, and I'm not going back. You're what I'm gonna pursue. I'm a dresser, you're a drawer. You're like Simba, I'm like RAWR! I'm conditioner, you're shampoo. I can't help it: I like you. Chorus: We just go together in a way that's so madcore. No matter what the weather us will never be a chore. You're so sweet and I' so cute. We make more sense than fries on fruit. You are socks, I am shoes. It's like I'm me, and you're like you. Our love - like cholesterol - is clogging up my heart. We volley - like a tennis ball - We just keep going. You and I. You and I are a genius, perfect work of art. Chorus: We just go together in a way that's so madcore. No matter what the weather us will never be a chore. You're so sweet and I' so cute. We make more sense than fries on fruit. You are socks, I am shoes. It's like I'm me, and you're like you. You are socks, I am shoes. It's like I'm me, and you're like you.
  3. I really enjoyed this song a lot. I agree with John that at times the diction was a little fuzzy, but that gets better with practice. Especially with faster songs like this. I really like your lyrics, especially in the first two verses. However, I was a little surprised by the line "pretty little smiles that make my heart stop" because it seemed to really veer away from your rhyme scheme. I do think it's okay to break rhyme scheme every once in a while, but this one jerked me pretty hard. Maybe just because I was reading along. I got used to it by the second listen at the end of the song. Also, I could totally imagine some form of harmony at the end of each refrain, on the slower part? I know that's hard to work out in a home studio (boy, do I know), but just an idea in case it hadn't occurred to you. I think it would really add something. Great song. I really enjoyed it
  4. I'm a huge theory geek, so I'm gonna go on a bit of a rant about counterpoint. Hopefully this will make sense to someone. Yes, I-IV-V-I works. But why does it work? Because it follow counterpoint! When writing a progression in a major key, this is how Mozart did it. And Mozart is pretty good, yeah? iii goes to vi. iv can go to ii or IV. ii and IV can go to V or vii. V and vii can go to I. I can go anywhere. iii - vi - [iV] - [V ] - I [ ii ] - [vii] EXCEPTIONS: V can go to vi, IV can go to ii. Note: A complicated chart In minor: VII goes to III. III goes to VI. VI goes to iv or ii. iv and ii goes to V or vii. V and vii go to i. VII - III - VI - [iv] - [V] - i [ ii] - [vii] EXCEPTIONS: V can go to VI, iv can go to ii, i can go anywhere. These charts are displayed much nicer in theory books. I recommend Tonal harmony. I couldn't find a picture of it anywhere... I tend to stick with I-vi-IV-V, with slight variations, but if I was writing a chorale, this is how I'd do it: Say you're in G major (my favorite key to write in). G major is I. I would pick a chord at random (because I can go anywhere), say vi. From vi I could go to either IV or ii. I choose ii because I-vi-IV is over done. from ii I go to either V or vii. I choose vii because I'm cool like that. Then to I. Then anywhere I want! I hope at least a little of that made sense to someone. Honestly, everyone else has it exactly right. When writing popular music, you're best to listen to other people. Figure out what progressions you like. Borrow. But, if you want to write something completely unique (you never will), I recommend following counterpoint rules at first. They will help. But, they are just rules. And you know what they say about rules...
  5. Hello all! Even though piano was my first instrument, at age five, I've never been able to write a song on piano. Years before I learned guitar, everything that I tried to write was always on guitar in my head. Now that know how to play guitar and am getting more involved with song writing, I'd really like to try to write for the piano. I think my style for piano is kind of in the vein of Ingrid Michaelson or Lily Allen. I imagine a sense of pop-song repetition. However, even after learning to play these kinds of songs on piano... I still can't seem to come up with my own piano arrangements. I get stuck with a melody with chords below it, which I feel sounds better on guitar. How do I arrange these chords into an actual piano part? How did you all start? Can you recommend some experimentation or exercises? Am I even making sense? -Alana
  6. I'm pretty new to the realm of songwriting, so I can only tell you what I do: I always write lyrics first. When I write them I try to rap them in my head. If I allow myself to sing them without music, usually the song usually comes out kind monotone, So I always rap at first. I let the natural rhythm of the words influence the rhythm of the song. That may be really unhelpful, but it's the only way I know. I rap out the lyrics as I'm writing them so they kind of have a feel. I make sure that my verses have a consistent feel. When I first started I would actually count the syllables in each line to make sure that each verse would balance, and each line of the chorus would balance. I don't do this any more (I find it a little constraining) but it kind of helped me find rhythms when I first started. If that doesn't make sense to you, I would recommend rapping over a chord progression. Just picking a strum pattern could help bring out the rhythm of your words. You just have to be willing to change things. You might start out with one strum pattern, which will inspire a rhythm which inspires a new strum pattern.
  7. I tried to write my first song in the 5th grade... so around age 10? The song was called "Destiny" and the only thing I remember from it is as follows: (Chorus) Destiny, Destiny! Here on my Destiny, Destiny! The genius that started it all
  8. Hello! It's really nice to have found this forum. My name is Alana Franklin, and I reside in Washington State (although I am currently studying in Vienna, Austria until 12/2010). I'm a 3rd year vocal performance major with piano background, studying opera. However, I have recently fallen completely in love with singing my own songs and acoustic music in general. It is my favorite type of performing. I also frequent the musical theater scene. I tried to write my first song in 5th grade (It was called "Destiny"). I begged my dad to hire a songwriter to help me. He told me that if I finished five or six songs he's find someone to help me. Well... I ditched song writing soon after, but I dabbled throughout high school (although I never actually finished a song). My sophomore year of college, I started taking guitar lessons and finally learning how to play chords. And, in January 2010, I finished my first song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOdOwr29cdI. I started going to open-mics about six months later, and it's all downhill from there. I write almost exclusively cute love songs, although I am trying to start branching out into other topics. I know very little about the industry, except that I want in. I'm very interested in reading around the community and learning as much as possible. I like to think of myself as a mix between Lady Gaga,, Ingrid Michaelson and Garfunkel and Oates. I aspire to be a Disney Princess, Canadian, and ridiculously rich. I love polka dots, being warm, and ice cream. My idols include Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris, and Julie Andrews. I'm very excited to be here