In Koto, we created our own pop songs in groups. My group was Ayana, Megumi, and I. We chose our instruments to play in the song and as a result, Ayana and Megumi played the koto, and I played the piano. Megumi and I sang while we played our instruments. Here is our song, “Forever Together”:
First, we brainstormed ideas for the theme, and then chose one as a group. We decided to make our theme, ‘Relationships’. Our group took a lot of time doing this, because we weren’t really organized. Next, we decided on the chords. We chose to use the B minor chord, G major chord, A major chord, and D major chord. Also, we decided to create our song in the B and D key. After that, we discussed about the story the song is trying to tell. Our story was about a woman who had a fight with her friend but reconciles at the end. This helped us create the melody because we knew that we should have sections that are in a depressing and dark tone, but also sections that are in a happy tone from the story. We then decided on the structure. We decided to start our song from the Verse, and then the Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, and finished with the Chorus. Then, we finally worked on the lyrics. Ayana came up with the lyrics because Megumi and I created the music, and when we put the lyrics and music together, we changed some of the lyrics to match the music.
My role in my group was a follower at first because I mainly listened and followed my peers. However, I gradually began to speak a lot and shared ideas very often. Also, I led my group sometimes so at the end, I think I was more of a leader than a follower.
Although my group was not very organized at the beginning, we worked very well and used time effectively after the first few classes. We all came during recess or after school to work on our music.