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Sometime at the beginning of 2012, I went to a Songwriter-Producer Speed Dating event. (I was a songwriter.) At this event, people with music sat across the table from people with lyrics and we put on headphones and listened to each other’s stuff to see if there is a potential match for future collaborations.
So, here I am, rotating from one to the next, listening to what I now know are “beats”. Naturally (and quite innocently) I asked where the rest of the song was. I got blank stares. Then finally someone said, “Well, you supply the rest of the song.”
I said, “Oooookaaaayyy. Are you telling me you are making a boom-boom noise and you want me to write the chord progression, melody line, and lyrics?”
Blank stares came back my way followed by questions. “What’s a chord progression? What’s a melody line? Lyrics? Oh, yes, words.”
That’s when I realized I was not in a room with musicians. They liked my stuff, but couldn’t figure out how to “put a beat to it”, and I liked some of the boom-boom stuff but had to ask myself why I wanted to share the profits with them when I got a machine that will make those sounds, too.