Using the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” Tag for Your Music

What is a Manic Pixie Dreamgirl? “That bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.” – Nathan Rabin The term “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” was coined in 2007 by film critic Nathan Rabin.  […]

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Reality TV Music and Effective Key-wording

Reality show music is a style that is formulaic and contains distinct elements that are used universally irregardless of Musical genre. Some of these elements include: underlying pulsing drones, beds, heavy percussive hits, quick mood transitions, rises, sound design, tension and builds.  These elements are the bells and whistles that create high level energy and […]

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Using the “Swagger” Tag

Swagger Music, is a style of music that evokes a sense of cool, hip, slick and sometimes sultry moods. It can be used in scenes that involve “the cool walk” with the “I’m tough” look.

Swagger music can be considered a sub-genre or found as a “Style” tag or “Music For” tag.

Here are some examples of how certain genres of music can be used in a “Swagger” scene.

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Strategies for Effectively Using Mood Tags for Your Songs

When tagging moods, I like to approach this with a strategy or plan that is similar to the logic of deductive reasoning (more general to more specific). By using general mood tags such as “Happy” or “Sad” and choosing tags that specifically fit under this category can help to effectively describe the intention of a song. Using mood tags in relation to Genre/Sub-genre tags can help the process.

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Industry Usage Keywords: Earthy and Organic

The terms “Earthy” and “Organic” are used to describe music that creates a bright and warm feel and usually found on commercial spots that create an outdoorsy image. Imagine a scene in a golden field or a flowing river with sunshine, sunset or sunrise. The mood is often characterized as happy, carefree, lighthearted, bright, cheerful, feel-good, satisfied, breezy, and sometimes even lazy.

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