First song off the block for my "5 [Kids] Songs in 5 Weeks" is one that came about spontaneously. It happened like THIS..........
My housemate was walking around playing his guitar and happened to settle into a simple chord progression, which sparked my interest immediately.
I grabbed my phone and sneakily stood at the entrance of the room he was in and started singing into my phone a random song about a camel. The melody has stayed pretty constant since that improvisation, which always makes me think that I've unwittingly stolen it from some pre-existing song.
Listen to the original impro moment here: danieljamesjackson.com/music/cuepoo--no-camel-hump.mp3
Today I finished rewriting the lyrics at the end to be more children friendly; the whole thing is still rather fresh, hence me reading it off my laptop placed right below the camera.
Boy, do you really get to discover where your awkward lyrics are when you're performing and reading on the fly; I stumbled during takes on phrasing that needs be to scripted and learnt, or the lyrics need re-working.
Given this song is still in its early days, it will likely evolve as I play it more. One aspect I can see changing already is the strange phrasing in relation to the chord progression. I like how it stretches out, then snaps back as the chords keep a steady rhythm below, but something about it all sounds a little odd to me. (Something I didn't find with the original recording above.) I have some more work/investigation to do.
Got any constructive feedback or suggestions? Throw 'em my way. Always interesting to hear other peoples take or ideas on things.
Just thinking on it now, the odd phrasing and melody of this song might make it more suited to the more adult end of the spectrum... I've no idea! Kids??