The Challenge – Write a Pop Song for Young Girls – My Response – Carnival

Hello everybody!

This weeks challenge was to write a pop song for young girls, aged 13-18. Naturally, I thought this would be a walk in the park since basically, the task was to write a song for myself. I knew I had a few song ideas down that could easily work. However, it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I was at a loss for ideas for the verses. Luckily enough for me, I had Paul, Allister, and my dad to help me here.

About 2 days after the challenge was released, we had come up with a rough idea of the song. However, it wasn’t quite there yet. About another 3 days later, we had finally come up with the song you guys hear today. This morning (Sunday) my dad and I went to Allister’s house to record the demo. We were a little bit pressed for time, since it was around 12:30 and I had to get home around 1:00. First, we recorded the piano. I ended up playing well, considering I usually make lots of mistakes by the time the song was over. We only had to do one take of the piano, and then we moved on to the vocals! We had to do the vocal piece about 4 times. The first two, I sang it through and it just didn’t feel right. I didn’t like the lower notes, and the higher notes really weren’t working for me. That’s when I asked Allister to transpose it up a semitone, which he could easily do since we recorded it on midi. I sang it through as a warmup, and it honestly felt so much better! The second time, I got into character, and thats the track you hear on the recording:)

I sang 2 other songs well recording at Allister’s, his song “Make up your Mind” and Sean and Allister’s son “Go down Swingin’.” Both were super fun to record! They were super well written and great songs that I really enjoyed singing!

Allister’s studio was overall such a fun and cool experience, and I look forward to working with him again.

I love working with Paul, and without him, this song DEFINITELY wouldn’t be where it is right now.

Thanks to everyone who gave me advice and input on this song.



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