Monthly Archives: September 2014

SONGWRITING: Let’s avoid the gang-vocal “heys!” & “oh oh ohs”, shall we?

Past few years, I’ve been hearing too much Mumford and Sons, Philip Phillips, Lumineers, etc.

Dude, seriously… can we stop the “heys!” in songs… and ESPECIALLY the “oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh” gang-vocals? Or just gang-vocals in general, on choruses? God, how “powerful” do you need to make your message? Did you know Jeff Buckley’s cover of Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is recorded LIVE in ONE TAKE, with just ONE VOCAL TRACK? Its power and intensity blows away all of this nonsense. I just can’t take it anymore. For real. How is this original or interesting? It really isn’t. At all.

If you’re unfamiliar…


(the hilarious thing is the youtube code ends with the word “hey” on this Day To Remember song)

and for kicks….