Please note: this is a first draft. YOU can help edit this information in ways that will make it easier for “brand new” volunteers to understand and utilize the process.
PROCESS FOR DEVELOPING MUSIC/WORDS FOR WHB ROUTINES
These are typical steps for music development for routines at WHB.
- Pick music (usually with words) that has strong beat and/or interesting “personality”
- Find matching lyrics. Pay special attention to possible interpretations. (What could someone “read into” words?)
- Watch one or more YouTube presentations; possibly even research history of song/story, etc.
- Interchange ideas with Elise. Take no further action until Elise understands and approves.
- Then, after a choice passes all of the above hurdles (including getting approval by Elise) . . .
- Decide on cut for words/music that “makes sense” and fits time limits
- Mark beats/words for 8-count lines
- Enter into spreadsheet table (some need only 2 columns, some 4, some 8)
- Number lines and mark seconds on recording (these are first two columns)
- Choreograph to match elements with important features in the music/words
- Choreography also must match skill level with swimmers in the routine
- Final copy might need to include visual cues for important STRESS words
The five examples below are only to show how the "final" words can be strong and meaningful. No one has to decorate and display like those shown. I did that only because I enjoy the artistic presentation. Please do not get the wrong impression.