You should go back to the basics, listen to the OLD STUFF . I mean Starting with "Let the music play" up till early 1990. Forget the Planet Rock Beat, it's played out, forget the whole "Together Forever"/"Temptation" thing, too many people overdid that. Stay away from most of the Viper records sound. Just go back to where it all started, before people really cared if it would cross over, if everyone would like it, if it would be picked up by a major label. Just do it to do it, write about the raw emotions of life, whether it be heartbreak, family trauma, falling in love, whatever moves your soul. When you do the music, go back to when it was raw; thats what made the old stuff so cool.
I was a singer and I can tell you when I sang it from my soul and the writer would tear up, I knew it was on. It comes from your life, not from a focus group. When I sing about pain, I feel the pain and sometimes I would almost choke up. When I sing about love, I could feel the same feeling as if I just fell in love.
Two of the best memories I have when it comes to interpeting a song are...
1) Sandee' singing "Notice Me" after telling my fiend and myself her label just dropped her. It was so raw and on the surface, you could feel it.
2) Jasmin singing "Once is enough" after telling us she never recieved a cent for recording her other tune "On the loose".
With both of the songs the info they told wasn't the same as the messege of the song but, the emotion was coming through nonetheless.
Just like everything in life, if it's not from the heart why bother. :bunny