Interview with Author, Poet, BMI songwriter Geraldine Taylor
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
A few years prior whilst hearing an inspiring song on TV it suddenly dawned on me that I could have written great lyrics to accompany the track. Months later and the same thought never left. Whilst doing housework the beginning lyrics to mind which I wrote down. That day I wrote the song Imagine. Each day further songs would come to mind any time of day or not. My written repertoire continued to expand to my current catalog to date.
Retrospectively I have been evolving as a songwriter since childhood without necessarily realizing at the time. During my childhood, I would have my musically minded friends play the keyboard and other instruments to accompany the lyrics I had written. I would even gather my friends together as a girl band and get them to sing the songs I had penned. During school, I would always take the lead in music-related projects. I would choreograph dance routines and have half the class performing dances at summer fayres, with myself as the lead dancer in front.
I have naturally written poetry since early childhood which is foundational to the lyrics I create. Music has been my biggest inspiration since early childhood. I would literally go through my parent’s vinyl collection and play tracks including Diana Ross, The Jackson 5, James Brown, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye and various ‘greats’.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
The aim is to continue to be unique as opposed to imitating other creatives. However various positive influences throughout the journey have assisted with drawing out my potential. My educational teachers of English Literature, impactful artists that possess a poetic essence to their songs and songwriters alike have all inspired me.
On your upcoming project, how did you come up with the concept?
Moment of Life is a song that I wrote to accompany an existing melody crafted by an excellent music producer. The majority of my songs thus far were written with the lyrics first that each came creatively upon moments of inspiration. On other occasions, the melody is presented to me by producers who require the lyrics to accompany the track.
For me, lyrics can never be forced but must flow through naturally. Together with inspiration and a sound environment, the corresponding lyrics can flow through. I call it the ‘creative realm’ when as a writer you are in your flow. When I finished writing a song it is as though I landed back on earth from another dimension.
When I can immediately emotionally connect or relate to an instrumental the lyrics usually do flow through naturally. This was definitely the case with Moment of Life, which is about appreciating the people in your life who are important to you as well as life itself.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
I feel it’s not about laying claim to being better than other writers but being better than who you were the day before. Each person is unique and original and comparison to others or to another person’s chapter isn’t always beneficial. Yet as the journey evolves so too will the honing of my craft.
How can fans find you?
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
It definitely takes teamwork for the dream to blossom. Find creative ways to collaborate with other artists, writers, dancers, and creators. Together great endeavors can be accomplished.
Aim not to rush decisions or opportunities but take at least some time to vet those you collaborate with. Do they possess a good work ethic, are they accountable, public reviews and endorsements etc.
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