One of the things my father taught me is that successful individuals surround themselves with people who are skilled in areas for which they lack. They don’t try to do it all. They share their vision with their experts and allow them to use their talents to make it happen.
That’s the process we’re using in crafting the title song for our upcoming Christian romantic comedy called An Unfinished Work.
One of the film’s main characters is a popular Christian musician and, being one, sings a variety of songs during the course of the film, including the title track. We could tackle this in two ways:
- We could license existing music and re-record them with the actor’s voice (or one that approximates it, depending on whether the actor can actually sing).
- We could write our own stuff.
Having access to very talented musicians through our church, we chose the second option.
Terry and Pete look at the latest arrangement.
So, we crafted out the rough lyrics of the title song which fit the plot line of the script and are collaborating with Terry Read, who’s worked extensively in the industry, including with bands such as the Guess Who, to help come up with a musical arrangement that fits the mood of the piece and that will be catchy as well.
Pete and Terry review the latest version of the lyrics.
We’re not trying to break new ground in music history, simply trying to make an effective and entertaining song that also fits the dramatic needs of the film.
Terry shows Pete the restructured musical arrangement.
Terry’s work has been exemplary. We’re on our third version of the song, so far, and with each iteration it has improved greatly.
After we finalize the arrangement, we have a few options:
- Record the song as it’s own entity with the intent of re-recording it with the movie talent once that is defined.
- Wait and record the song only with the movie talent.
We’ll pray and see what the Lord would like us to do. In the meantime, we are enjoying learning a new field of creative expression.
It’s an exciting and daunting process, but we hope the end result will be a memorable song.