Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Song Soup

When I'm working on a song, I'm trying to distill it into its simplest
form, and this can only be done by re-writing. There are many
books and web pages that tell you that re-writing is the most
upsetting, frustrating and exhausting part of songwriting, and
unfortunately I have to agree.

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Saturday, April 24, 2004

Finishing songs


I don't know about anyone else, but I find finishing songs extremely difficult.

When I say 'finished' I mean a whole, singalongable entity that you could
play to someone knowing that it was just 'as you want it'. I have a terrible time
getting to that place.

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Friday, April 16, 2004

I like driving in my car


Driving around with the radio on seems to get my brain into songwriting mode
really quickly. There seems to be just enough for my motoring mind to
concentrate on to let my thoughts float off and have random ideas. I can spend
quite a while trying to get into that state when I'm just sitting with a pen or guitar
in my hands, but driving around for 10 minutes seems to get me there quicker.

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Songwriting bubble


I'm sure we all know what it's like when we're in the 'mood' to write a song,
even if being in the right mood has been a decision and not an accident. I
find it's good to take this mood outside of the songwriting environment with
me - I guess you could call it a 'reflective' mood where what you are
experiencing is heightened, a different sense of awareness. Watching TV in
this state gives me entirely different ideas as I find I am more 'cynical' and
on the lookout for catchphrases and interesting commentary, going for a walk
and just looking at other people can take on a whole new meaning. It is definitely an altered state and everyone must go there at some point to do anything creative.

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Songwriting tips, songwriting help and advice for songwriters

Don't forget to check out the categories Creative technique, which talks about the way to make your ideas work, General Songwriting Tips, which is the everyday ins and outs of songwriting, Lyric Writing, which deals only with the problems associated with writing lyrics, Melodies, about the way to use tunes and melody to make your song memorable, and Mental Gymnastics, which discusses strategies for getting out of a Songrut!

Also don't forget to check out the songwriting tips in the categories Performance, which is about how the way a song is delivered can change its meaning, Reader Tips, which is where I keep all the cool songwriting ideas that people have sent in, Singers, which is about singers and singer-songwriter types, and Song Angle, which talks about the different places a song can come from.

And finally, the last categories are Song Structure, which deals with putting the different sections of a song together and Songwriting Style, which is about the way one can write a song.

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