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Songwriters Block – Creative Tricks To Beat the Blank Page

I find inspiration in people who are doing right now what I intend to be doing in the future. One such person who greatly inspires me for that very reason is Joyce Kettering.

She writes music to be licensed for media projects… Film, TV, games, any project that requires music. From what I can see, she doesn’t play live and she makes a good living from her music.

She runs two websites. The first being MadLass Music, her “label” as such where clients can go onto her site and license her music direct from her.

The second site is her songwriting and music licensing tips blog Creative And Productive which is fast becoming my new favourite site. online.

Joyce Kettering knows what she talking about, she walks the walk and talks the talk and when I came across her post titled Songwriters Block – Creative Tricks To Beat the Blank Page I immediately started to read it.

In the article Joyce outlines five creative “tricks” that work for her but what impressed me the most was the detail she put into describing how and why they work.

Under every trick she explains…

  • What it is
  • When you should try it
  • Why does it work

Setting it up this way made it so much easier to internalise the information at hand.

In describing Songwriters Block, Joyce says…

…songwriters block sucks. Being stuck in a rut sucks. It’s bad for the ego, bad for your confidence, bad for the enjoyment of life in general.

Couldn’t agree more. Check out Joyce’s article and if you have any thoughts regarding the article, let me know.

Original Link: Songwriters Block – Creative Tricks To Beat the Blank Page

10 Songwriting Resolutions for 2019

Now that we’re approaching the end of 2018, it’s the perfect time to start formulating your songwriting goals for the new year and beyond.

Personally, I love this time of year for that very reason.

Planning what I’m going to do always gives me a sense of excitement for what lies ahead and for me, 2019 is going to be a great year for my songwriting.

Will it be a great year for yours?

Even though this list of 10 songwriting resolutions mentioned in the SongTrust article dates back to 2012, every resolution is still relevant and current for each and every songwriter.

The 5 resolutions that resonate with me in the article are:

  • Producing one song per month (#2)
  • Set aside one more hour per week to write songs (#4)
  • Eat healthier (#6)
  • Read one new blog post on songwriting per week (#9)
  • Collaborate with (at least) one new songwriter (#10)

What are your songwriting goals for 2019? Are you excited with what the year ahead will bring to your songwriting? Let me know or comment below.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting


Original Link: Open Mic: The 2012 Songwriter’s List of New Year’s Resolutions

6 Reasons Why Failure Is Your Friend in Songwriting

For all of the triumphs that you will experience as a songwriter, there are going to be a lot more failures along your songwriting journey. It’s just a part of life and this is beautifully explained in Cliff Goldmacher’s article “Why Failure Is Your Friend In Songwriting.”

In his article he starts of by stating that baseball is sometimes describes as a “game of failure” but he goes on to say…

Well, using that same math, songwriting, too, is a game of failure where the greatest songwriters who have ever lived have had success with only a tiny, tiny proportion of the songs they write. Given that this is the case, it might be worth your while to make failure your friend since, as a songwriter, you’ll be keeping pretty steady company.

He also outlines the six reasons why as a songwriter, failure is your friend. Reasons such as…

  • It thickens your skin
  • You’re putting yourself out there
  • You’re learning
  • It strengthens your resolve
  • It keeps you humble
  • You appreciate success more

Read the article and let me know if you feel an affinity with the list. As for me, I really gravitate towards the appreciating success reason.

What other reason should songwriters be friends with failure? It’s an interesting topic of conversation.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

Original Link: Why Failure Is Your Friend in Songwriting – Cliff Goldmacher

Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers (Part 3)

Here is the final part of the three part series on the CD Baby DIY Musicians Blog called Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers.

In this third part you’ll be reading pearls of wisdom from the following songwriters…

  • Neil Finn
  • Ben Harper
  • Rick Neilsen
  • Liz Phair
  • Robbie Robertson
  • Ray Davies
  • Richie Havens
  • Richard Thompson

The songwriting tips gleaned from the above list is a great way to supercharge your songwriting. I know I’ve learnt a few things from immersing myself in this series.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

Source: Songwriting Tips from the Hitmakers, Pt. 3 – DIY Musician Blog

Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers (Part 2)

As mentioned in yesterdays post, here is part two of a three part series on the CD Baby DIY Musician Blog called Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers.

You will find pearls of wisdom from the hearts and minds of the following songwriters…

  • Paul Westerberg
  • Chris Cornell
  • Neil Finn
  • Ray Davies
  • Robbie Robertson
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Chris Whitley

Now there is a fine list of songwriters to get inspired from so enjoy part two of Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers and as always, if anything resonates with you then leave a comment or, let me know and we can have a chat about it

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

Source: Songwriting Tips from the Hitmakers, Pt. 2 – DIY Musician Blog

Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers (Part 1)

There’s something about hearing songwriting tips from other songwriters (especially one who have a hit or two under their belt) that really hit home to me the importance of treating my songwriting as a craft above anything else.

One of my favourite blogs is the CD Baby DIY Musician Blog (they do a great podcast too) and they have a three part series called Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers on offer.

The premise of the three part series is this…

To help you improve your songwriting chops, we’ve enlisted the aid of several well-known songwriters, most of whom have been lucky enough to strike that mystical connection with the public. Feel free to, ahem, “borrow” a few of their ideas to use as foundations for your own songs.

Here is part one. I’ll put up parts two and three in the next couple of days

I hope you enjoy these songwriting tips as much as I have. If any really resonate with you then let me know.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

Source: Songwriting Tips from the Hitmakers, Pt. 1 – DIY Musician Blog

33 Ways To Stimulate Creative Thinking

I don’t know who originally wrote this but I came across this list via daviddas.com but this list of 33 ways to stay creative is fantastic reading.

What a great way to stimulate some creative thinking into your songwriting process…

creativity

I think the way that rule #24 is treated is a nice touch.

Which of these rules gravitate with you? Do you have any other rules that you could add to this list? Let me know.

Until next time, keep on creating,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

Have Something To Say? I Want To Hear From You!

I firmly believe that everyone has a wealth of knowledge about something and if you have your own wealth of knowledge about songwriting, the creative process, and the tips, tricks and strategies that go with it then I want to hear from you.

How about submitting something to this blog for me to consider? I promise I won’t bite 🙂

If you also have information about creativity, journalling or anything that’s remotely related to writing songs in general then let me know as well.

Now that I’m back into full swing with All About Songwriting, I am always going to be on the lookout for new and different ways to get the best songwriting information out to everyone else and at times, there is only so much I can do as one person.

So…

If you have something to say then I want to hear from you and together we can do our bit to help other songwriters around the globe.

You know, over the years of working in Australia as a performing songwriter/musician, I have noticed that everyone has at least some opinions about songwriting that they can share with others.

Really credible and trusted songwriting information can come from all walks of songwriting life, from the bedroom songwriter who writes for the sheer pleasure of it to the seasoned professional who tours internationally.

By opening up All About Songwriting to others like you, I want to give everyone the opportunity to have their say.

So heres the deal…

If you have a songwriting idea, songwriting tip to share or a songwriting question you want answered, or a songwriting article that you want published on this site then let me know and I will have a look at it and publish it if I feel that it’s something that everyone will benefit from.

I want All About Songwriting to be one of the most trusted sources of songwriting information on the web and you can help me do that.

The only thing that I ask for in return is that if I publish your information you kindly add a link to this website onto your website or whichever social media platform you use.

From my end, along with me publishing your information, I will make sure that your website URL is mentioned and therefore a link to your site on this site is established.

All you need to do is contact me and we can both get the ball rolling from there

I really look forward to helping you share your own songwriting knowledge with everyone else. Give it a go, it will be a lot of fun and you can promote your website through mine at the same time.

As I have said many times before… “We are all in this together.”

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

Any Songwriters Wishing To Collaborate? Let Me Know!

Let me cut to the chase here. I want to work with lyricists, poets, writers and other creative individuals.

Are you out there? If you are, I’d love to talk with you.

I’ve been taking a dip in the collaboration pool for a little while now and I’m loving it.

You see, I’m at the point in my songwriting where I’m very comfortable either writing songs by myself or with others but I still think that collaborating with others is the next step in my development as a songwriter.

I want to be able to shape songs out of different points of view and be challenged by sonically interpreting the experiences of others.

The first of two main challenges I have in my songwriting process at the moment is lyric writing. I’m working on it but I learn so much more from working with other lyricists.

This admission may seem strange coming from someone like me who has written a lot about lyric writing and song idea gathering tips in earlier posts but I do try to practise what I preach.

I do write down the phrases I hear in conversation, I record all of my musical and lyrical ideas and I do make copious lists of possible song titles but my inner critic still has a field day every time I try to put lyrics down onto paper.

You see, my inner critic is a very persuasive and persistent entity and quite frankly, I’m becoming snowed under with all of my half finished songwriting ideas

I’m hoping that collaborating with other (song) writers will enable me to learn from them (and them from me) plus we’ll finish a few songs along the way.

This is especially pertinent with the 50/90 Songwriting Challenge just finished for this year.

So, are there any writers that want to collaborate with me? If so, let me know and lets start making beautiful music together.

I’ll even showcase our songs on All About Songwriting.

Until next time, happy writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

One Songwriter’s Trash Is Another Songwriter’s Treasure

You would’ve guessed by now through reading this blog that I’m a real fan of the songwriting process and the many ways that a song can be created.

You would’ve also guessed that when it comes to the creation and organisation of songwriting ideas, I’m a great believer in not throwing anything away, no matter how small, bland, banal, silly or trivial you might think your ideas are.

Now I know of songwriters who, like me, are pretty good at organising their ideas for future reference and that’s a great thing.

However, I know of others who have indiscriminately thrown away reams of paper and piles of notebooks filled with potential song fragments, possible song titles and bits and pieces of hurriedly scribbled phrases and sentences.

This really breaks my heart.

If you’re one of those songwriters who would rather clear the slate than organise your song snippets for later use, listen up, I have a deal for you.

Next time you’re feeling the need to sort out and purge or, if the temptation to chuck away all of your stuff you’ve held on for so long has become far too much to bear… Just give them to me.

That’s right, give them to me. I’ll gladly take your songwriting ideas off your hands and out of your life.

Think of me as a retirement home for all your old song snippets that you feel have stifled your creativity and have gotten you nowhere. I’ll give your stuff a new home and in the process, I might just develop some of them into songs of my own.

But here’s the thing…

Even though I’ll be in possession of your old ideas, I’m still very mindful of where these ideas have come from and will definitely give you credit where credit is due.

So, the deal is…

If I create a song from anything that you’ve sent me, I’ll give you between 10% and 50% songwriting credit depending on how much of your idea I’ve used.

I think that’s a pretty good deal considering you were going to throw them away in the first place.

This is proof of how much value I personally put on songwriting ideas, no matter how large or small they are or, where they came from.

So before you throw your old stuff away and before you succumb to the urge to bin all of your old song fragments, think about my offer. Contact me and we’ll work out how I can offload these ideas from you.

I’m serious.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

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