Words In Motion
Spellbound - Vol III Iss III
© May 1997
From Tricia L., Centreville, VA, USA -
Where was the American version of "No Promises" filmed?
Who directed the "Touch The Fire" video, and what other musicians
has this director worked with?
Iva's answer -
"No Promises" was shot in the Blue Mountains. There's a rail
line that goes right through and connects all the little mountain towns.
My recollection is it was one of those lonely little stations. Up in that
same area, the "Crazy" DJ clip that used the historical home
was filmed up there, overlooking one of the valleys.
The directors of "Touch The Fire" were a pair from Melbourne
who were known as the Rich Kids. They were "flavour of the moment"
there for a while. The only other clip that I can recall specifically
was a Kate Ceberano clip - I think it might have been for "Bedroom
Eyes." But there would be a string of others and I have no idea,
I'm afraid. I can't quote any others. They are the same guys who did the
"Dusty Pages" clip.
From Berhnard S., Nailsworth, VA, Australia -
I especially enjoyed the "Tales From The Icehouse" segment in
the last Spellbound. If this is to be a continuing thing, can I request
something from Iva? How does he write songs, step by step? I try mucking
around with my guitars, but what ends up on paper is always of an embarrassingly
poor standard. Does he begin with a lyric that pops into his head, and
then create the remainder and music around it, or does he begin with the
Iva's answer -
Usually I just start fooling around with new sounds
quite often a sound will have an atmosphere or evoke a certain
mood which will then encourage me to choose a particular set of chords
or harmony. Quite often, also, I might start with a particular rhythm
maybe from a song I've heard or more likely these
days a "loop." I do, however, concentrate on establishing a
harmonic basis (set of chords) and a format of song parts (blocks and
sets of chords) very early in the piece because unless I find these and
they are inspiring I know that I will never find a melody to work with
and therefore will never complete the song. Over the years there would
only have been four or five sketches that got a long way down the line
but remain uncompleted. In other words just about everything I have started
has been worked into a finished song eventually (and released!!!). Those
few exceptions were those which I convinced myself had a satisfying "bed"
before they were, in fact, ready. Hence, when it came to the critical
stage ("hearing" a melody) nothing would materialise! Somewhere
early in the piece I like to find a "title" or at least a subject
or "chorus" set of lyrics which I can focus on. Having done
that the rest of the lyrics can be "slugged" out later around
the final melody.
The outstanding exceptions to this general process are those songs which
began as "lyrics first." These occasions are rare, i.e. very
seldom have I sat down and written an entire set of lyrics without previously
creating the music. This has happened only a handful of times and has
probably produced better songs. Some notable examples of this process
would be "Great Southern Land" and "Man Of Colours."
Unfortunately one has to be really "struck" by inspiration for
this to happen and unfortunately also, it doesn't happen very often.