by Shelt Garner
I have long thought that “Vortex” would be the great title for a pop rock song. And the last five years of Trump craziness has only reinforced that idea. But I don’t know how to play guitar and know nothing about music. But I can write — and find writing lyrics relaxing — so I keep coming back to this idea.
The concept for the song is it would sound a lot like Rihanna’s “Umbrella.” The lyrics would be about a really crazy situation (romantic?) that someone had to live through.
The interesting thing about trying to write this kind of song is you have to be really abstract and open ended. I have written all these really bad lyrics about very specific things. The genius of good song lyrics is they both make sense and can be interpreted a lot of different ways.
I really need to learn guitar.
I’m very interesting in seeing how far down the process of selling song lyrics I can get. But that’s for after finishing the two novel story I’m working on right now.