When music and lyrics are an ode
August 24, 2018
There are many unlikely places where composers get inspiration for their music and lyrics. Usually, unless the artist talks about it, listeners don’t know the inspiration for the lyrics and music they make, but there are times when the sources of inspiration for the music and lyrics can be easily deciphered just by looking at the words and plot of the lyrics of the song. Beyond the lyrics, there are certain moments when the inspiration for the songs is probably proclaimed for all to see. This usually happens when artists title their songs after the names.
There are countless examples of songs titled after names. Usually, the names are not real names of people but reflect how the music came about and the lyrics of the music. Michael Jackson’s famous Billie Jean, for example, speaks of an experience of Michael, of a woman who claims that her son was Jackson’s and the lyrics make an obvious reference to a series of real-life events. Therefore, although Billie Jean does not bear the name of a real person, the lyrics reflect the source of inspiration for writing the song. Of course, the composition and the relationship between the title and the lyrics of these songs do not always work in the same way.
There are a number of songs, for example, where the title of the song is also the person to whom the singer refers. A good example of this is Adrienne from The Calling. The speaker (or singer) is clearly speaking directly to the titular woman Adrienne in the lyrics of this song. In fact, the name Adrienne appeared in the lyrics on more than one occasion (the choir of the lyrics): Adrienne thought I knew you / Once again you used me you used me / Adrienne should have left you / Long before you used me you used me).
There is also the whole opposite type of songs, where the title person in the song has very little to do with the lyrics and the song itself. Mika’s song, Grace Kelly, is an example. Some of the lyrics of the song say something like that: I try to be like Grace Kelley / But all her looks were too sad. Now, obviously, the headline Grace Kelly is a real person who was an American actress who married the Prince of Monaco, Rainier III, and became Princess Grace of Monaco. There are a number of songs that were also titled after the names of real people, such as Kurt Cobain of Proof and Seymour Stein of Belle and Sebastian.
Giving a song a label with an individual’s name is considered a technique for writing lyrics. Most of the time, the name in the title has nothing to do with a real individual; therefore, the name is generally not found in the lyrics of the songs. The name, instead of referring to a particular person, actually refers to the meaning of the lyrics of the song and can be for anyone who can relate to it. Adrienne in the lyrics and title of The Calling could be anyone, for example.
Personalized Ode is a specialized piece of music created by a well-known composer in honor of a person, country, martyr, etc. This means that you have to take the song and adapt the lyrics or melody to the intended purpose. Depending on what you plan to devote your ode to, the lyrics can be changed to suit the occasion. It can be a birthday, a wedding, or a tribute if a person leaves.
Time, effort and dedication are needed to create a personalized ode. It would be advisable to turn to the services of “creators” of music, these are people who know how to rework a piece of music to suit the intended occasion. The effect of the song should also be taken into account because we want it to have an immediate impact, as well as for the audience to be able to recognize the composer.
“Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” is one of such great examples, a masterpiece that cannot go unnoticed. This work was often used as a personalized ode, but not in the way it was meant to be used, although it was used as a symbol or to speak on several occasions. In advertising, large companies use ode as the epitome of security, size, stability, and harmony.
When you hear the ode of personalization, you first refer it to its original composer, but after a few auditions, then and only then do you refer it to the business intention for which it is intended. Now you associate it with the company and brand that is currently being advertised. Such memory speculation serves only as mass manipulation and often these companies achieve their goal.