SAC Songwriting & Blogging Challenge: Week 2

Lyrics

If he doesn’t take my hand,
If he doesn’t ask me to dance,
I’ll die!
I’ll die!

He’s got his hands on someone else
While I’m standing all by myself.
Well, well…
There’ll be hell!

I take a look in the mirror
At every single feature.
That’s when it became so clear.

I’m as good as the guy,
Got it all inside.
I’m as good as the guy,
Gotta let it shine.
Babygirl, you got it!
Baby, don’t forget it!
I’m as good as the guy
And I’m feeling fine.

He’s a champ in athletics
And his speeches are poetic.
Oh yes,
He’s the best.

Do I really wanna date him?
Do I just wanna be him?
Oh yes,
Be the best.

And every second of every hour,
I gave him every piece of power,
When all I needed was already here!

Chorus

Yes, I can, I can, I can!
Here’s the plan, the plan, the plan!
I gotta understand.
Yes, I can, I can, I can!
Here’s the plan, the plan, the plan!
I best believe I’m just as good as
Any man!

Chorus

Self-Empowering Feminist Bop

The original song for this week was inspired by my guy situation again. In my journal last week, as I was feeling rather sensitive about it all, I tried to turn everything more positive by writing about the amazing people and privileges I already have in my life. I take all that for granted when I obsess over the love I’m not getting.

At one point, I wrote « Run to the ones who love you, » and while I was looking for inspiration for Week 2’s pop song, I came back to that sentence. Keeping the teen (and mostly female) audience in mind, I started working with the idea of a girl who desperately wants the star quarterback to take her to prom. She eventually realizes that by placing all her hopes and importance on him, she neglects the amazing family and friends in her life, as well as the amazing person that she is.

Over the week, that idea was refined into « As Good As the Guy ». The message I want to convey is basically: don’t place the object of your affection on a pedestal; instead, worship yourself! And also, specifically for the girls, to believe that you are equal to a guy, that you can be the best at whatever you want to be, and that you don’t need a man to validate you.

As much as I wrote the song for women, I also wrote those messages for myself, because I need to hear them, and live by them.

The song is in G, I think?? When I don’t play guitar on a song, I just find the chords in the software sequencer instinctively by what sounds right, without actually knowing what each chord is. Anyway, the current key is definitely on the high end for my vocal range, and I did that to hopefully land closer to a female singer’s vocal range.

Bop References

I freaked out over the production of « As Good As the Guy », and worried about how exactly I was gonna make it explosive per Rob Well’s brief. And then I decided to just do what I can with the time and focus and energy I had. The demo above is a work-in-progress, and I’m happy with where it’s going.

I had 3 main production references for this song, all of which I wish I wrote and produced!

« I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me » by Annie

« I Wish » by Cher Lloyd ft. T.I.

« Lips » by Marian Hill

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