Songs are not always on a 4/4 beat. That’s what I’ve found out. I had religiously stuck to the 4/4 time signature setting in Logic Pro, until one day I decided to write a waltz and – tarnation! – it didn’t work. Waltzes are actually quite tricky to write, especially if you want to write one to which you can do a Ballroom Waltz (with all those *hold* moments and long glides).
After struggling for weeks, the solution to this song, which is optimistically called Bounce, came from watching Carlos Santana’s Masterclass:
My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music! Who’d have guessed that Carlos Santana also likes My Favourite Things – which is…umm…one of my favourite things! Though I did not know it is in 3/4 time.
I thought about what he had said and demonstrated with so much skill and soul, and ditched the waltz idea. In stead, I combined a 3/4 beat with a 4/4 swing beat.
After that, the sound engineer took it over and made the song sound as if it were born to be bouncy!
It’s a simple melody at 100 bpm and if you want you can hum along with it. Perhaps that is its charm. Every time I hear it, it makes me feel like getting up and jiving around the room. I have often asked myself whether it needs more than an intro, verse, chorus and outro. Every time the answer was, nope. Just leave it alone.