!. How is a song actually created? Let's say a rock and roll song, for example. Do you start out with the actual music- guitars, drums and such first and add the lyrics to them? Or do you write the lyrics first, and then tailor the actual music around them? 2. How loud is it on stage? Louder than in the audience? I have been to several rock shows before, and they can get damn near deafening- can only imagine how loud it is up there on stage. I've heard that earplugs can help to cut out the distortion and let you hear the music better. 3. Are you able to hear yourselves play ok? You see some singers, and sometimes drummers with earphones on, and my understanding was that that is how they hear themselves- their singing is played through the earphone set and they can tell if they are off-key or off-beat or not. But then you see some that don't use them at all. Hope these make sense. Thanks!