Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues”?
My songwriting teacher told us about the opportunity to write a theme song about Nancy Drew and at first I didn’t think I was going to enter. Finals were coming up and I didn’t think I would have time to do it. I also wasn’t sure if I was even capable of writing a theme song. Especially one about a subject I didn’t know much about. But luckily my teacher allowed us to write the song as an option for an assignment so I decided to give it a shot. I am really happy with how it came out. I think it has a great message and it’s a fun song for a game.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process wasn’t easy in the beginning. I wrote a few different lines and tried to form them into something, but it just wasn’t working. I was trying to think about Nancy Drew’s character but I couldn’t think of much to say. But once I came up with the first line “it begins with just a clue”, it started to write itself. I kept thinking about the first steps in solving a mystery and what it takes to be a good detective.
The recording process was really exciting. I had only written the song with vocals and piano so to hear it come together with all of the production was so cool. It became more than I could have imagined when I wrote it.
What was it like to work with Tena Clark?
The experience with Tena Clark was great. She and her staff made me feel really comfortable and I felt like a part of the process in the studio. She also encouraged me to continue writing music, which I really appreciated.
What aspect of the Nancy Drew series did you take in consideration at the time of writing the song?
I wasn’t very familiar with the Nancy Drew series, but luckily there were a list of words given with the assignment for the song that really helped. Words like adventurous, caring, mystery… All of those influenced the song.
What else is happening next in Ana Tish’s world?
I’m always writing. Still working on songs for an album and a possible idea for a musical.