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SONGWRITING 101: CREATING AN ARRANGEMENT

Nashville, TN-Musician, Songwriter, Producer, Jason Hollis owner of Life-Line Worldwide wanted to share his take on “Creating An Arrangement” this can be written in many ways some musicians/producers do it all after the song is written and piece each part together or some do it as the song is being written.  “I wanted to let you all know that when I’m writing I’m usually thinking of the entire wide-screen picture of how I want the song to look, sound, and feel to the listener.  In the past I would write the chorus and then build the song around that but recently, I’ve been creating the intro to the song and writing from the first verse on; I hear in my head the guitars, keys, drums, strings, etc. all the way how to begin with a hook on the instrumental before a note is sung.  I work in increments from the intro, the verse, pre-chorus, chorus, if there’s a bridge, instrumental after the bridge or back to the chorus to the ending either fading out or a true ending arrangement.  At the same time, I’m thinking about the vocal arrangements on harmonies or stacking vocals on the melody of the song. I want the Country, Rock, R&B, Gospel, Jazz, or Southern Gospel that I’m recording to have that live sound like you’re in the room with me. I’ve listened to thousands of recordings and there was just a certain sound of how everything was recorded back then from The Beatles, The Rolling Sones, Led Zeppelin, Motown, The Staple Singers, Johnny Cash, The Eagles, and the list goes on and on. Now, on the Hip Hop, Electronic/Dance, or Pop I may be stacking tracks full of drum tracks, synths, samples, or vocals because that’s usually what I hear in my head; on occasion I utilize real instruments like bass, guitars, horns, or other instruments that I feel the song calls for.  As a songwriter, I literally have hundreds of unfinished songs, snippets of ideas, guitar riffs, and piano ideas galore maybe one day I’ll finish them all? I hope so but for now if something hits me I’m finishing the entire song and then moving on to the next one.  I am truly addicted to music it soothes my soul, it touches every emotion in me, it inspires me, and I hope it touches people in every walk of their lives and every situation that they are going through.  Ultimately, for me I pray that God speaks through the songs that I create to people everywhere and lives are effected” exclaims Jason Hollis.

MATT MAYER RELEASES THE 2ND MUSIC VIDEO “FORWARD” FROM THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS

MATT MAYER RELEASES “THE HUMAN RACE” LIVE ACOUSTIC SESSION VIDEO

Dallas, TX-Hip Hop Artist, Songwriter, Producer, Graphic Designer, Matt Mayer has released the first video for the song “The Human Race” which is from his upcoming debut album “American Survivor.”  The video was put together by OneFifty Media House Production; and was recorded live in Dallas, TX at The Mill Street House.  “The song is about our relationship to time and battling the expectations that we ourselves and the culture at large puts on us,”says Matt Mayer.  Go check out the video on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; just look it up as Matt Mayer Music.

JASON HOLLIS WRITING FIRST BOOK ABOUT MARRIAGE

MARRIAGE WEBNashville, TN-Owner of Life-Line Worldwide, Jason Hollis is working on his first book about Marriage. In his own words, Jason Hollis had this to say about the new book “This book started around four years ago when God placed on my heart to write about the subject of marriage; before you get married this is what you need to know.  Everything started there and with the busyness of life time was going by without getting anything done with the book. I’m finally starting in 2016 to really get it into book writing and the whole creative process of it.  It is definitely a journey to really rack my brain thinking back to the first few years of marriage and really pinpoint the problems that my wife and I had; then sharing them with the world. It’s a big step to share about your own life, but I pray that this book will speak to many people of all ages about the need for good communication, intimacy, and above everything else having a relationship with your spouse that is moving forward into where God is calling the both of us. We are learning to hear God clearly and know His voice for ourselves and our marriage.”  There are plans to have the book published as well as have an audio version of the book when it is completed.  The workng title so far is “Marriage: The Story Of Love…Expect The Unexpected” it will have some amazing stories from friends and family as well as Jason Hollis’ own testimony about walking through the fires of life to get to the other side in marriage.  This book is written from a man who has been broken, had an encounter with God, and has a marriage that is a continual work in process but has been redeemed by the blood of Christ.