When I was approached by Songfinch to enquire about a collaboration, I was intrigued to say the least. What so, you write a song… About someone I know? With like, original lyrics? I mean, I didn’t totally get it at first but after doing some research and chatting to their ever so lovely and helpful content, social media, email man Zach, I understood the concept more and my thoughts instantly changed from, “huh?” to, “Wow, okay this is seriously cool”. So, with the lead up to Mothers Day, I began working with them on a Mothers Day song for my mum. This is what happened…
How it works, is that you fill out an online form telling Songfinch who your song is to and what kind of song you want. Lyrical, country, hip hop, that sort of thing. You can also chose what kind of “emotion” you want the song to have; romantic, comical etc and whether you’d rather a female or male singer. Or you can have them surprise you. Then, you fill out a huge paragraph with everything you want included in the song. For example, if you were doing one for a partner, you could include where you met, your first date, little inside jokes or things only you two would remember. You get my drift.
I chose a comical song for my mum because we’re not sentimental. And that’s okay. All relationships are different and ours is based on humour, really. And I knew that’s what she would appreciate the most. I included little stories, things she likes, things we both like, tit-bit’s of information basically. And if you want to listen to my song, you can do so here: http:www.songfinch.com/stories/linda-my-mum although you won’t understand a lot of the lyrics because it’s personal. And that’s the whole point. There’s nothing much more personal than having a whole song written about you.
The thing I really, really like about this is that you are part of the creative process. Song writing and making music in general has never been a strong suit of mine (I mean, I used to play the drums but there’s a big difference between hitting some cymbals and writing lyrics and melodies with actual words and stuff) and I love being involved in that; despite the company, their musicians and songwriters who do all the hard work. And the song itself? I think it’s absolutely wonderful. The singer has a beautiful voice (Anna Schulze, you can find her here) and it’s so light-hearted and fun; which is exactly what I was after.
I printed out little photos of things mentioned in the song, to make it a more interactive experience when my mum listens to it for the first time and put the link and the photos inside a Mothers Day card (courtesy of Jemma from Dorkface!) I thought this was a nice way to present the song as a gift. This whole experience has been so much fun and new and exciting and without a doubt one of the loveliest companies and ideas I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Because at the end of the day, it is work but I’m honoured to have this platform to showcase amazing companies like this and what they do. And I sure as heck wouldn’t be saying that if I didn’t think they were as good as I say they are.
They’ve also kindly offered me a discount code for readers so you can use: JENNYSFANS for $20 off at Songfinch.
This post is in collaboration with Songfinch and products have been exchanged for an honest and unbiased review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.