The art of writing song can be long and full of self torment. You desperately look for influence in every day life.
For example: When I wrote my hit R&B song called “Tiger Fight” I was desperate for musical influence. I would just go strolling through the mall, seeking some reason for the following line.
“She’s crouched up like a sexy tiger.
Oh. Whoa -oh -uh- oh.
Feel the claws. Candle light.
Lady cat. Tiger fight.
You see? Writing music is hard. It took me eating six Auntie Anne’s Pretzels before I came up with that line.
But sometimes, once in a baby blue moon (sorry… still in R&B mode) – something comes along that sparks your soul and opens a flood of song. You are able to write without any blockade – just a free spirit with mother music.
This happened to me when I was browsing Chris Paul Youtube Videos. I came across this beautiful Pick and Roll situation that Chris Paul conducted. I saw the basketball floor as the sheet music and each bounce a note of music.
So I present to you the music that was influenced/ co-written by Chris Paul:
Notes: The notes are influenced by the meaning of the musical symbols but also the musical symbols, visually, reminding me of things.
- It starts out piano which is part of what makes the play/song brilliant. No need to rush or slow it down. A steady pace is better.
- The whole note indicates the rebound and the tie is the outlet pass.
- Three dribbles on the top bar (top baseline) with the right with a quick switch left.
- You think Paul might begin making his move with the sharp through-the legs / behind the back crossover. This is why the crescendo and decrescendo happens so quickly.
- One steady dribble and then a fermata comes in. Notice Paul’s slight hesitation with Scola on him. It’s like a momentary pause.
- Two quick dribbles towards the middle of the court (sheet music).
- Finally a gigantic tie across the page symbolizing another signature alley-oop
(Note: I’ve never written music on sheet music in my life. Errors probably occurred.)