Olivia Rodrigo And The Deep Echo Of 80s Pop


by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” is probably the best pop album I’ve heard in 15 years. It isn’t as danceable as maybe it could be, but it definitely seems to be something of a deep echo of 80s pop.

Every once in a while listening to Sour, I feel as though she’s so close to producing a song that The Cure might have done. It’s a testament to how musical tastes have changed that all the great pop hits of the 80s are now very niche. Young people are so interested in listening to 30 second bites of songs that they are completely oblivious to all the great songs that have come before. I keep hoping for some sort of revival of pop rock but…I’m beginning to lose hope. It definitely sees as though pop rock doesn’t exist and will never come back.

But having said all that, I really like Rodrigo’s album. She’s just a baby at 17, so she potentially has a very long career ahead of her. She’s a great singer and obviously a really good writer. (I’m assuming she wrote her songs.)

It would be nice, however, if in the future she might produce songs that “have a beat and you can dance to” like I grew up listening to.

‘Shadow Banned’ — #Lyrics To A Pop-Rock Song


Phoebe Bridgers in “Kyoto” is sooooo close to what I think of as “Rona Rock.” In fact, all that would need to happen is Miley Cyrus and Phoebe Bridgers mix and match whatever it is they’re doing right now and you would have “Rona Rock.” You would have pop rock. You would have music with a beat that you can dance to. Sadly, this will never happen. Fuck. But, anyway, here’s a quick big of doggerel from me.

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner
Please give credit if you produce or perform

no one wants to read my shit anyway
but here I am cooling my heels
seeking cheap thrills
waning days are afoot
for my relvanance
’cause I’ve been

shadow banned
shadow banned
shadow banned

if you’re not careful
you’ll be taken off the platform
with no where to squeal
people don’t believe it’s true
but it is
one day they’ll see
when they’re

shadow banned
shadow banned
shadow banned

bridge
let the sun in
make things bright
we’ll scale the hights
to something out of sight
we’re done in
’cause of our sin

shadow banned
shadow banned
shadow banned


Lyrics To ‘Arni’s Resistance:’ ‘Nothing Is Real’


I have no idea what I’m doing. But it’s a challenge to at least try to fit lyrics to music. Techno is good it’s easier to find instrumentals of it on Soundcloud.

Nothing Is Real (But The Way You Make Me Feel)
Music from Arni
lyrics by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner
please give credit if you produce or perform

nothing is real
nothing is real
nothing is real
nothing is real

but the way you make me feel
but the way you make me feel
but the way you make me feel

Bridge
your look is hard as ice
making me strive more
to warm you in the night
to end this blight of hate
because nothing is real

but the way you make me feel
but the way you make me feel
but the way you make me feel

Toplining Lyrics To Destructo’s ‘Techno:’ ‘Listening To Me’


Apparently, a lot of songs are actually “toplined,” which is when a lyricist is given music then told to write lyrics to it. I don’t know anything about music, but I can write and like to tell stories via music. So, I’m going to experiment with “toplining” a little bit.

Listen To Me
using the music from Destructo
Lyrics By Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner
Please give credit if you produce or perform

I can hear your voice in my head
wanting to get me into bed
your body languge has been read
nobody listens to techno
but you’re listening to me

listening to me
listening to me
listenting to me

perfect in your glow
nobody but me can hear you now
we’re as close as can be
soon we’ll be inside

listening to me
listening to me
listenting to me

bridge
sounds come and go
just like a bump of blow
I can hear you in my skin
that’s when we begin again
with the two of us in sin

Rona Rock: Maybe Have Miley Cyrus Team Up With Murda Beatz?


by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

Absolutely no one listens to me. I need to be working on my novel because of that. But it seems to me that if Miley Cyrus came out with her own version of the album “Promiscuous” by Nellie Furtado and produced by Timbaland, then maybe we might go back to having good modern music.

Instead of Timbaland, maybe have Murda Beatz produce the album? I was realy impressed with Murda Beatz song “Motive” with Ariana Grande and it seems like a great stepping off point to a Rona (pop-rock) album. The thing about Ms. Cyrus is she has a pop-rock voice and she desperately wants to sing screaming versions of New Wave songs.

So, I would have them team up and do an album that was pop-rock but was a modern interpolation of New Wave. Even though Ms. Cyrus apparently really is a nuts as she comes off — take your meds, kid — she is a real talent and she’s just got to find the right outlet for her desire to be a pop-rock star.

If you could give me an entire album of songs that were like “Motive” but sounded like something you might have heard from Blondie, The Talking Heads or The Human League, well, that would be pretty damn cool.

But, again, absolutely no one listens to me.

‘Cunning’ — #Lyrics To Raunchy Adult Contemporary Song

Sometimes I stumble across a modern pop song that I didn’t know about that is actually REALLY GOOD! And that is the case with Ariana Grande’s “Motive.” One more tick towards rock and it’d actually be pop rock. Anyway, I know how Ari loves dirty fucking songs, so here you go. This song would be in the same vibe as “Motive.”

Cunning
lyrics by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner
Please give credit if you produce or perform

Come here and be cunning
use your lips between my hips
spell out my name without any shame
you can speak French if you like
maybe even a little Greek
but want I wanna know is
are you

(chorus)
a cunning linguist
can you speak in tongues
are you a cunning linguist
can you speak in tongues
if you can I want some

I can read very well
the way you speak in tongues
got me on the top rung
I’m waiting for it to happen
just for fun

if you’re good you can go lower
so we can’t get much higher
I can be such a flirt
when I’m ready to squirt

(bridge)
in and out ain’t a enough
it just can’t make me shout
you gotta touch me just right
pucker your lips on my lips
we’ll be fucking just right
with delight

(chorus)
a cunning linguist
can you speak in tongues
are you a cunning linguist
can you speak in tongues
if you can I want some

‘Overtime’ — #Lyrics To An Adult Contemporary Song


I have no idea what I’m doing. But I stumbled across the Ariana Grande song “Motive” and for an adult contemporary song it’s damn good. But anyway, this song is meant to be about how “best things in life are free.”

Overtime
lyrics by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner
please give credit if you produce or perform

we ain’t go no money
baby we both know it’s true
but you’re rich in ways
that make the girls blush
so when you make it rain
in the bushes we take it slow
stroke, stroke, stroke

(chorus)
the jewlery may be fake
but the passion will be real
we’re working overtime, overtime, overtime
to heal the pain of keeping it real

I’m not prepared to be scared
we’re both broke it’s true
so our fun has to be free
you’re as strong as they come
which is what I do like clock work
one by one

when the dawn breaks
I’m all you can take
if I work back much more
you might break

(chorus)
the jewlery may be fake
but the passion will be real
we’re working overtime, overtime, overtime
to heal the pain of keeping it real

(bridge)
I ask you
when we win the lottery
will we still be in love
or will you leave me for a side chick
you just laugh and rub my head
tell me roll for another round

(chorus)
the jewlery may be fake
but the passion will be real
we’re working overtime, overtime, overtime
to heal the pain of keeping it real

(chorus)
the jewlery may be fake
but the passion will be real
we’re working overtime, overtime, overtime
to heal the pain of keeping it real

‘This City Doesn’t Deserve Me’ — #Lyrics To A Pop-Rock Song

The title of this song comes from something Tina Fey recounted one of her daughters saying: “this city doesn’t deserve me.” I know nothing about music, but I do enjoy telling stories using the economy of verse. And, honestly, once I finish the novel I’m working on, I may very well buy a guitar and see if I can sell one pop song before I croak.

I see this song as have a tune similar to this song:

This City Doesn’t Deserve Me
lyrics by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner
Please credit if you produce or perform

skyscrapers surround me
keep me teathered
bound me
as I walk around Chinatown
not my fate to know yours
but I’m ready, ready
to test the ground
to become outward bound

(chorus)
this city doesn’t deserve me
I state as I flee the hate
this city doesn’t deserve me
I state as I flee the hate
why does it have to be this way
at this late date

(bridge)
love the energy of this ground
but it’s tough to get around
when it doubt run for the hills
maybe find some thrills

(chorus)
this city doesn’t deserve me
I state as I flee the hate
this city doesn’t deserve me
I state as I flee the hate
why does it have to be this way
at this late date

Taking Miley Cyrus’ Career To The Next Level


by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

I have a serious creative itch to buy a guitar and try to start writing pop-rock songs. But for the moment, I’m going to hold off that. If I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it right. I have a novel I’m working on and that’s totally consumed my creative life for the foreseeable future.

But I still have music on the brain and, as such, I continue to think about Miley Cyrus’ career. I admire her willingness to take chances and I find it frustrating that, to date, all of those risks have fallen with something of a thud. I will give her credit, though, unlike Taylor Swift, at least Ms. Cyrus challenges her fan base. Ms. Swift, while producing good music, releases album after album that is nothing but fan service. Ugh.

Anyway, in a sense, it seems to me that Ms. Cyrus’ conundrum is she wants to bank into hard pop-rock and that market just doesn’t exist. It’s a dead end. I would go so far as to say only as part of a girl supergroup could Ms. Cyrus (with the help of some very famous friends) do anything about the pop-rock space right now.

So, I guess what I’m saying is Ms. Cyrus has two choices in front of her — one, she goes back to the tried-and-true safe adult contemporary route or she can continue to take risks and maybe, just maybe strike it rich by appealing to GenZ people who don’t even know who The Clash are.

Ms. Cyrus definitely seems to want to single handedly bring back punk and New Wave. But here voice isn’t really suited for that. She has a beautiful — but very pop – voice. As such, I would suggest she continue her current trend towards pop rock.

But I would also suggest she look to form some sort of super girl group for one album. It would help all their careers in the long run if she managed to pull it off.

‘Night Monsters’ — #Lyrics To A Pop-Rock Song About #Covid19 Symptoms


I know nothing about music. I’m just letting off steam. This would be a slow, dark, methodical pop rock song.


Night Monsters
lyrics by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner
please give credit if you produce or perform

night monsters
night monsters
come out at night
just out of sight
night monsters
night monsters

night monsters
knock you out for delight
the aches are there
the fear rears its head
at night with all its might
what are you going to do
when they’re let out of the zoo

night monsters
night monsters
comout out at night
just out of sight
night monsters
night monsters

night monsters
stare at your body
make you can’t move or make a sound
you feel like a clown
won’t allow a twitch
without some sort of hitch

(bridge)
when dawn arrives
we let out a sigh
hoping they’re gone
knowing they’ll be back
leaving us out of whack

night monsters
night monsters
comout out at night
just out of sight
night monsters
night monsters