You wouldn’t think that a story of polishing a silver bowl would have anything to do with the craft of writing songs but that is what Pat Pattison, a Professor at Berklee College Of Music, has done with his article titled “Songwriting Tip – Polishing The Silver Bowl.”

His mantra throughout the article is made of 12 words…

“Don’t sweat the small stuff until the big stuff is cleaned up.”

He tells the story of finding a silver bowl and while cleaning it he finds that the attention to detail becomes finer and finer the more he delved into cleaning it. He then compares this experience with writing songs.

Sort out the big picture first then refine, rewrite and refine again.

You can read the full article here and while you’re doing that, have a think about your songwriting experiences of late.

Are there any songs that you may need to dig a little deeper on to get the best out of them?

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting