How We Write

June 5, 2009

We had a big band meeting this week to get caught up on album progress. With all the New Divide and Transformers stuff going on, we’ve been distracted for a while🙂

In our weekly meetings, we listen to each song, give it a grade (A+ to F-), and write notes. The grades get tallied (10 points for an A+, 9 for an A, and so on). The written notes are things like “the music in the first half loses my attention a little bit,” or “I like the chorus, but the verse is a little weak.” My favorite note from this week: “Sometimes it’s nice to have balls.” (thank you Dave)

The songs all have working titles like “Robot Boy,” “Rygar,” and “Underbite.” Usually the working titles don’t sound anything like the song (the name usually comes before we’ve written a note). All of those titles are going to change, but we need to name stuff to keep it organized. “Robot Boy” got the highest grade so far, at about an 8.75. “Voyage” got the lowest, with a cumulative 3.5 and notes like “sleepy time.” LOL

We listened to about 18 song ideas, and I think we’ll have another session to listen to another 10-15 songs in a week or two.

mike

PS: I put the Carson Daly interview up temporarily in the videos section:
http://www.mikeshinoda.com/video/all/last_call

PPS: Still no word on Laura and Euna, keeping an eye on the news.

mike

51 Comments

  1. Janine1978new on June 9, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Thank’s Mike for this very interesting info’s and keep up the good work!

    PS: I so have hape for Laura and Euna.

    LP ROCKS

  2. davidkyoku on June 8, 2009 at 9:24 am

    It’s an interesting information, but…the relase of the cd…is toooo far😥

  3. TaylorKenjiLP on June 8, 2009 at 4:11 am

    LAURA AND EUNA WERE ON THE NEWS THIS MORNING FOR LIKE A GOOD 10 MINUTES. i so have hope for these girls after seeing that

  4. alichino78 on June 8, 2009 at 2:38 am

    IF ONLY I CAN SHOUT IT OUT FOR A TRILLION TIMES “INJUSTICE!!!!!” THE POOR WOMEN MS. LING AND MS. LEE WILL LIVE THERE WORKING IN A LABOR CAMP IN NORTH KOREA. I’VE GOT MY OWN PERSONAL PROBLEMS BUT THIS ONE THIS MIGHT BE HELL FOR BOTH THEIR FAMILIES AND THEMSELVES. 12 YEARS?! THAT’S ULTIMATE HELL. MY PRAYERS ARE FOR THEIR FAMILIES. MOST OF ALL THEIR KIDS.

  5. Mikado on June 8, 2009 at 2:30 am

    Very interesting, Doctor!:P It´s always nice to hear or read new upates. I wish I could be a little mouse there in your/the studio and could watch or listen of what you are doing…hihi…yeah, that´s would be fun. Have a nice week and take care

  6. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on June 8, 2009 at 12:50 am

    hey Mike🙂 LOL that sounds so funny😄 great job anyway😛
    Thanks for sharing with us🙂
    Gabry

  7. tacos_on_tuesday on June 7, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Re PPs: Laura & euna have been sentenced to 12 yrs hard labor. This is absolutely infuriating. Where is their employer Al Gore through this & why has their legal dept prevented Current TV employees from speaking up & even attending the vigils for their colleague. Being upset w/ the unjustices of N Korea is obvious but where are our diplomats, our government who is suppose to protect are rights & interest. Shame on Al Gore & the State Dept for not doing enough. Open the lines of communication with this country. These girls don’t deserve this. Gore wants us to save the Earth but why dont you save your employees first. i am outraged. He cant make even a statement. Fuck You GORE go fuck yourself

  8. burningdaylight on June 7, 2009 at 10:53 am

    “sometimes it’s nice to have balls”…giggles that was pretty awesome. who came up with the name “rygar”? and is a rygar like…ryu mixed with a tiger?

  9. LpJapanme on June 7, 2009 at 7:42 am

    awesome! tks 4 keeping us updated at least its better then waiting in the clouds. well keep on with the excellent work. i hopr that at least our own band gets on its feet. were still glued on the first song ever and we dont know from were to go on:S

  10. RedZero on June 7, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Awesome, thanks for all these updates Mike. The wait is hard, but always great to hear how the progress is going. Makes you feel like your part of the whole album writing process. Which in turn will make the album much more speical. Keep up the good work LP!

    PS: Laura and Euna are in my familys prayers.

  11. CuteWhiteBunny on June 6, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    It’s always nice to know how things are going on the album.

    Thanks for the update and keep up the good work!

  12. mike_n_LP_4ever on June 6, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Oh wow ! lol Nice Dave . I wouldnt kno that cuz Im not a dude .😛

    -Cati

    PS – Im mad about the Carson Daly show !😦 there’s a comment on the video, so go look at it ! lol

  13. rockermeg on June 6, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Hahaha woah you guys are so organised…
    Glad to hear you’re making progress🙂
    LOL why??? Is it some inside joke I’m missing or was the song really that good?Or bad? Aah Phoenix we love you.
    Nice interview🙂
    xxx

  14. Ana_ on June 6, 2009 at 6:13 am

    Your way of giving grades to songs is pretty interesting.😉 Thanks for sharing that information with us. Nice interview! And Dave rocks! :p Ana.

  15. Wotur11 on June 6, 2009 at 3:05 am

    aw such a funny post mike ! the titles come before writing note .. it’s so exciting “underbite” sounds pretty cool!!! your album progress makes me understand LP’s work more and …. i cant wait to scream loud “LP ‘s new divide is on TV rite now” and hold a “LP’s brand new album” CD in my hands LOL !!! i hope 2 ladies will be free soon🙂

    ps: i went on a trip wit my class and while staying in the hotel i saw in the end on TV i jumped and screamed so loud you know my friends said “No road s left” with this crazy girl LOL !!!! and in that evening i stayed up late till 2am to watch in the end, what i ‘ve done and LOATR :p i wanted to screamed out loud but it was the midnight ! keep rocking!

  16. zahra on June 6, 2009 at 1:01 am

    :)….well its nice to to know LP’s back on trak!!!! names sound wierd 2 me!!! (GIVE ME SOUNDS!!!)…..LOL!…cant wait .ooo god when i think that i need to wait till 2010 i go crAZY….lol…..but its worth waiting ,u know,…….(btw:see my comment on the video (http://www.mikeshinoda.com/video/all/last_call))……….tc X),,,,,have a great day!

  17. B_Keppy on June 6, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Love the insight into your writing method, thank you!

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  19. ThunderStrike on June 5, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    “Sleepy time” lol. Nice song names, Mike. Maybe use the working titles as the official titles?😉 Thanks for giving us inside info on the progress, waiting for the release.

  20. mano_lprx on June 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Wow cool! Nice to know the inside stuff on the album progress.
    Lol @ Dave– ” Sometimes its nice to have balls.” haha!
    Maybe you could have a little section on the blog, or the webiste where you could put up quirky things ’bout the songs once they’re completed and out for us to listen to… like such notes and titles🙂 That’d be fun! And I guess Robot Boy is kicking some ass, would love to hear it!

    I’m hoping for Laura and Euna to come back home safe and sound…

    Take care, and have a fun day! =] Oh, and please do let us know ’bout the next band meetings highest and lowest scorers =)

  21. NataliaForgotten on June 5, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    LOL, and I thought that “Barneywall” was a bad name for a demo song. “Sometimes it’s nice to have balls.”, seriously, the weirdest thing I’ve heard this week. I don’t know about it, anyway, haha! Loved the interview.🙂

  22. ShadowerLiltani on June 5, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you, Mike🙂 I like the name Underbite. I know it’ll probably change, but, it’s a cool song name. Just because you get this mental image of what an underbite would look like😛 In any case, I liked the interview with Carson. I think Carson is way to high on himself, but, what you had to say was mad cool. What kind of meat we looking at here? Chicken? Ribs? Beef? Seafood/Fish? Steak? Will there be enough “om nom nom” in there? I think it’s funny how the LPU thing emailed me about the interview, to renew so I could see it, but, it’s right here on the site and available to the public.

  23. soyuneik on June 5, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I like those names. I’m pretty sure I developed anger problems after my copy of Rygar. It froze after you climbed the first rope? I guess it was a f’in rope…pixel hell. ::Throws NES controller across the room:: arg! Rawrr!
    “Well it’s the Soopaman Luva nah bitch call me Pimp Nutz, (Who?) P-P-Pimp Nutz (Who?) P-P-Pimp Nutz, Rollin’ through your muthafuckin hood in the big truck”

  24. tpbarbosa on June 5, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Amazing news!! I’m very excited for this album!!
    Can’t wait to listen to it, and also those titles scared me :p

  25. Lvix on June 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I hope that those girls Laura and Euna will be alright:(
    Thanks for letting us know about the Album process!
    Greetz,
    Lode

  26. 4n174 on June 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks Mike, I enjoy hearing about the progress. I can’t wait for the new album!
    On another note, I really hope that the two journalists will come home soon.

  27. lucky_cat on June 5, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    LOL …yes, I hope you change the titles. “Underbite” ??? Uhm, a song for dentists ?! … that sounds noxious, lol. And Dave is absolutely right🙂 Thanks for posting the video, it’s a nice one, I still like the food analogy. And that leads to a subject I’d like to bring your attention to. Today is World Environment Day and the worldwide release of Yann Arthus Bertrands documentary “HOME”. A film about our planets beauty and violability. I made a post about it on my LPN site, if you like to know more. Everyone can watch it here:
    http://www.youtube.com/homeproject
    I saw it already, it’s amazing.

  28. NoMoreSorrowGirl on June 5, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Having fun in the studio huh!?

    Haha! Dave really rocks!

    Love the “Underbite”, Makes me feel like my wisdom tooth will goin’ to move up again :'(…it f*ckin’ hurts man I swear!…glad the Dentist gave me antibiotics and pain killers…hehe!offtopic!

    Thanks for the video!cool!

    Still hoping for Laura and Euna to come home safe.

    Take care🙂

    Looks like Lakers got the “Magic” trick this time…this time…this time…

  29. Full_Metal_Ninja on June 5, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Rygar! I love that game.

  30. PrincessbyDawn on June 5, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks for giving us an update and let us to be ‘between’ you guys in such rich moment, creating music and poems that will be part of the soundtrack of ours lives… love the way you communicate with us, sharing thoughts and puting us inside the studio with you. Means a lot to fans keep in mind that the amazing artist/musician is a lot like ourselves. Im sure you know you make part of ours lives and routines like everyday… Im half-marathonist and many times I run 2/3 hours training with your music being my friend and being the soundtrack of my mental trips…in the otherside Im doc and work in a intensive care unit and your voice many times help me in my breaks, making me calm down…

  31. Maaark on June 5, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    HAHA the songs’ names are pretty creative. I know you’ll change them, but it’d be funny to buy your new album and actually see those names on the tracklist.

    Your “system” of giving grades and explaining why you gave a specific grade to a song is really interesting. Is this the first time you’re doing that or you’ve done that before? By the way, Dave is hilarious!

    Thanks for sharing the Carson Daly interview with us. I’ve already posted the video’s link on Twitter and Facebook. I’m also spreading the word about Laura and Euna. Hope they return safe to the US.

    Any plans to come to Brazil on 2010/11? Give us some hope.😦

    Take care Mike, have a nice weekend!

  32. Stepha on June 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    I’m itching to hear the new material that you guys are busy working hard on.

    “Underbite” sounds so… dental. So as a dental assistant, I’m going to go on a limb and say I like it. ha.

    I’ve already started the pain wrenching withdrawals from your news of no Rev this year, but I’m glad to know the new songs are coming along.

  33. YuN_RoCks on June 5, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    awwww I LOVE “Robot Boy”!! your working titles are always cool, as the notes to them. I know that you guys are not the ones deciding the tour dates, BUT you were actually having an european tour WITHOUT Italy! man that sucks. I guess we’ll have to wait next year with the new album..PROJECT REV IN ITALY, promise!!

  34. p_lane on June 5, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    “Sometimes it’s nice to have balls” Haha, nice one Dave!

    Thanks for posting the Carson Daly interview. I, at times, get nostalgic whenever I see Carson Daly and remember TRL when it was on air and when it was good and showed the videos and not like 20 second clips.

  35. Madlen on June 5, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    LMAO Sometimes it’s nice to have balls😀 Thank you so much for giving us inside information:)Hopefully we’ll get to hear “Robot Boy” on the album:)Loved the interview… and good luck to Laura and Euna

  36. linkinladie328 on June 5, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    cool. i love dave. we need to see more of dave😛
    keep up the amazing work!
    thanks for keeping us posted😀

  37. Sintia on June 5, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing about your writing progress, Carson Daly interview, hopefully hear something about Laura and Euna. I may just look that up just to see the status is on them two. hopefully its good news crosses fingers That is an interesting way about how you rategrade the songs yall working on. Maybe it will help others out there to get some perspective on how to write or idea’s how to start. The interview was really good. I like Carson Daily but hopefully that link is not temporaily. I really do like this blog along with the Bruce Lee video and Laura & Euna. Keep bloggin. I hope you, LP, & your families are doing good and are in good health. : )

  38. Strec on June 5, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    WOOT! Let’s hear it for the San Fernando Valley! Great interview.. Love the analogy about music. Look forward to the album.

  39. Sharisse on June 5, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks for giving us an update about the album and a look into how you guys make such wonderful music.I like the behind the scenes of how the album is made almost as much as I like hearing the music it resulted to.I’ve been keeping an eye on the news, too, so I hope we hear something about Laura and Euna soon.I’m hoping that they will be allowed to come home to their families and friends.Thanks for updating us on them.I had the recording of your interview, but I had no idea how to get it from my TV to the computer.I’m not very skilled when it comes to electronics, so thanks for uploading the interview for everyone.I’m happy to hear that you plan on doing one show on the westcoast this year.

  40. TiffTiff33LP on June 5, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Awsomeness, sounds like fun.Keep up the good work!!!^^ P.S. the carson daly thing was really cool,I got my mom to DVR it.I thought we were gonna have to wait for you,but you were the first to be talked to!!!!!^^

  41. cuz on June 5, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Oh Dave, just “sometimes”? LOL Thanks for explanation Mike🙂 The whole process seems to be more real reading posts like this. LPTV gives me this feeling as well. Hope you all have great time working on the new music.

    Thanks for the Carson Daly, I hoped someone will put a link and it’s so nice you did it🙂 I liked it a lot. So much great stuff going on these days – LPTV, Facebook video, making of the video for New Divide, this interview. Keep it up🙂

    I’m really interested in Laura and Euna case too. Hope they will come back home all safe.

  42. Eddie on June 5, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Wow! I knew about the way you wrote the songs (from LP’s DVDs and especially the Minutes To Midnight special edition DVD), but this one is amazing!!! That’s why we hear so AMAZING songs from LP!!! Keep going guys!!! All of us support you!!! You are perfect!!! Oh and I forgot the video was AWESOME!!! Thanks for uploading!!! And I wish the best for Laura and Euna.

  43. Dori on June 5, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Very interesting, Mike… Sounds like you guys have your shit together. Out of the six of you, how many of you can read music? Just wondering… Ok, so if you give random working titles to songs, how do you come up with THOSE names? lol Sorry for the questions; I used to wanna be in the music biz when I was younger… Realism caught up with me, tho! lol

    DAVE RULES!!!! LMFAO

  44. Carla on June 5, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    That’s pretty cool, like a general critique session. Your working titles are always so witty and interesting. Also: “Sometimes it’s nice to have balls.” is probably one of the funniest things I’ve read all week.😄 Keep on working guys! >;o

  45. RYU_08 on June 5, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Just finis see that😄 gak ngerti sih apa yg mike omong-in yg g ngerti cuman pas bilang junk food gitu lagian ngomong nya kecepatan mas….. but It’s Okay…………😄 pasti LINKIN PARK bikin sesuatu yg keren abizzzzz buat The New Album😄

  46. Marie14 on June 5, 2009 at 11:27 am

    WOW! its great to hear how you rate your songs🙂 i think its a good way…LOL and your notes to the songs are awesome xDD
    I can’t wait to hear new music from you and i’m always happy when i read that you are making progress🙂
    PS: The interview is awesome !!🙂

  47. JessY87 on June 5, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I know it doesnt belong here but please FOLLOW LiberateLaura at Twitter and help to spread the Word … THANK YOU.

  48. Curiosa on June 5, 2009 at 11:09 am

    lmao I like that note 2. lol U guys HAVE been busy. I’m anxious 2 hear the new album.🙂 So do u think the Lakers wil keep playing like they did last night vs the Magic? Keep in mind the Magic also lost their 1st game aganist the Cavs & went on 2 win the series. I’ve heard LA’s had probs w/the Magic’s D so we’ll see.😛 lol Ok I’m going 2 b a girl about this & go for the Magic but only cause I think Turkoglu is cute.😉 lol Otherwise my bet is on LA to win the Championship. Go Magic!😛 lol

    Thanks 4 sharing & I 2 have been keeping an eye on the news for more info. I’m sure things will get worked out & they’ll b fine.🙂 Have a good weekend.

  49. MayLP on June 5, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Tentei!
    Cool!

  50. lp_fm_fan on June 5, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Cool, I wanna hear all of them even though I probably won’t be able to hear Voyage! haha. Robot Boy is an interesting working title, regardless if it has nothing to do with the song.

    Btw, I stayed up till 2:00AM waiting for the Carson Daly interview (yeah it came on at that time for me in Houston) I guess something happened and they had to push it back, it was short (not just the interview but the entire show)

    I tried to RT (retweet) the link to help out to as many people as possible (and by that I mean people with a lot of followers so they could RT) only ended up getting Ryu (dunno if it was just me but yeah) btw, read my other comment on your blog about Laura&Euna, please!

  51. miKer0cks on June 5, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Wow! You really worked hard this week!🙂 Great! ”Robot Boy” is my fave name cause it reminds me of that cartoon series on cartoon network, I can’t really remember the name of it! it’s not foster’s home…whmm…I cant remember! xD The video is super cool! And I’m so jealous! We don’t have not even a single DC store here!😦 Hate it! All my DC stuff I have I bought them online! Btw the making of ND is great! You were so funny! It must have been hard trying to reach the keyboard while these guys were pulling you…June 13th is the release date of the video right?

    PS. Nothing new about Laura and Euna here too:/
    Btw today it’s world enviroment day! yeah! Remember to go green😉

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