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Technology is not “cool” (in lyrics)

Technology is really cool. It’s cool because it allows you to read this blog post, and it’s also cool because thanks to the internet, people bought my book from 70 countries around the world.

But it’s not “cool” to use technology in song lyrics. Let me explain.

I give private songwriting lessons online (thanks to technology), and one of the things we do is go through the student’s own songs so he can learn how he can improve the melody, the chord progression, or the lyrics.

One of the ways you can mess up the lyrics of a song is if you put words about some tech in it. But it’s really up to the context.

One of my students wrote a song that has lyrics about “posting on Facebook” or “watching the posts” – or something like these. While it may seem logical to use something like this in your lyrics because we obviously live in the age of technology, I believe that using something like this really makes your lyrics bad.

Even though technology is everywhere, more and more people are using the internet, somehow people have a feeling that it doesn’t FEEL right. In other words, people love to hate technology.

People feel like they want to hang out with friends in real life, go to have a beer, go hiking in nature – and it’s really lame to sit in front of a computer or watch the screen of a phone for hours – even though this is what people are doing most of the time.

But as I mentioned, it’s really up to the context.

I don’t know if you are aware of it, but Facebook (Meta) is developing a virtual reality that they call the Metaverse. This is a virtual space where (according to Zuckerberg’s dream), people will live their lives… Yep, it’s the freakin Matrix.

In reaction to this, Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) posted a photo on Instagram as he is sitting on a tropical island, working on new songs, and the caption of the photo is “Fuck the metaverse”.

 
 
 
 
 
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So yeah, technology is not cool, so it’s cool to bash it, especially if it’s a new technology. And I’m pretty sure he will put something like this in one of his new songs that he wrote on this tropical island.

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Producer, songwriter of the band Barrio Latino Hungría. Author of the Songwriting Essentials.