Monday, 16 March 2015

SAC Challenge..2015...Week 5 - Release your inner darkness

Well, this week is a real change of pace....create a song to pitch to a new Lifetime series, that's kinda like a female "Dexter", but set in the 19th century.


So Joyce Grennan, Robert Campbell, and I set about to embrace the darker side. It wasn't easy to get into that dark feeling. We honed in on lust and danger.

At first we had an idea about the female anti-hero having two faces. One that's kind and sweet, and one that's malevolently dangerous. We tossed out the first couple of lines, in that direction. Before you know it, we had a verse and a pre-chorus.



On the outside she looks perfect
and acts so nice
Nobody knows there’s a part of her
That's as cold as ice

She'll devour you with her passions
She won’t even blink twice



By the time we got to the chorus, somehow the image of the Black Widow appeared. It was a stronger idea to us, than two faces, so we started writing in that direction. Lust and danger. Then a line popped out..."She measures her addiction with precision and delight". Oh yes!

Now we were having fun, keying into the darker elements, while marrying it to lust, and the thought of spiders. Also, the Black Widow has been around for centuries....women who murder their husbands and other people.There was a famous 'Black Widow' (Mary Ann Cotton) who was executed in 1873 for poisoning 21 people. 


We had to change the last line of the first verse, as 'cold as ice', didn't fit in anymore....so now it's 'numb and paralyze' to key into some visual clues to the Black Widow.



On the outside she looks perfect
Acts so nice
Nobody knows that a part of her
Can numb and paralyze  

Devour you with her passions
Won’t even blink twice

And...we changed 'think twice' to 'won't even blink twice'. That fit better with the intent of the song. 


In the second verse, we went right to the victim lying on her satin sheets. It's too late to pray. She's got you now.



On silk sheets you look tasty
She licks her lips
You’re tangled in her threads
Her crucifix

Enslave you with her passions
Seal you with a juicy kiss  

The 'seal you' part came about thinking how spiders wrap up their prey.

Joyce and Robert spent a lot of hours getting the production, and vocals into that dangerous, yet sensual vibe. They hit the mark, dead on.

Here's the completed lyrics and link to Black Widow (from Robert's Soundcloud page):

https://soundcloud.com/campbellandgreen/black-widow-lucy-leblanc-joyce-grennan-robert-campbell-w-johncampbelljohn-gtr



Black Widow…..
© 2015 Joyce Grennan, Robert Campbell, Lucy LeBlanc


On the outside she looks perfect
Acts so nice
Nobody knows that a part of her
Can numb and paralyze  

She'll devour you with her passions
Won’t even blink twice

Chorus:
She’s a hungry black widow
Needs to feed her appetite
Measures her addiction
With precision and delight
It’s too late to pray
You’re in her deadly throes
Don’t get too close
To the hungry black widow

2nd verse:
On silk sheets you look tasty
She licks her lips
You’re tangled in her threads
Her crucifix

Enslave you with her passions
Seal you with a juicy kiss  

Chorus:
She’s a hungry black widow
Needs to feed her appetite
She measures her addiction
With precision and delight
it’s too late to pray
You’re in her deadly throes
Don’t get too close
To the hungry black widow









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