I have been writing songs for over 30 years now and I don’t think I’ve even scratched the surface of defining what the songwriting process means to me.
For me, songwriting is much more involved than just the song as an end product. No, to me it encompasses a whole creative process.
Writing songs is a discipline, a meditation, a calling, a vocation, a study into the human condition and a way of life. It’s all about doing “the work.”
Without a songwriting process binding everything together, the song as the end result of that process would not exist.
That’s why I’m so passionate about it… The songwriting process is THE essence of writing songs. I’m passionate about it because I feel that songwriters generally overlook the most important aspect of what we do…
Songwriting is a word comprised of two smaller words, song and writing. It may seem pretty obvious, but a song is the end result of a process and the writing part of the word songwriting IS the process.
Therefore, without the WRITING there is NO SONG. I wonder how many songs aren’t written because of this fact?
You see, you can talk all you like about verses, choruses, middle-eights, bridges, pre-choruses, the length of the intro, topline melody, hooks and so on, but without the physical activity of writing, all of that songwriting theory is meaningless.
So look deep into yourself and define what your songwriting process means to you. Remember, there are no rules regarding this because each songwriting process is as many and varied as the amount of songwriters in the world.
What I do to get to a completed song is going to be different to how you get there. GUARANTEED.
Once you’ve defined what your process means, adapt it into your day to day life and take action over your songwriting rather than just waiting for inspiration to come your way.
As author Stephen King once said… “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
But until then, happy writing
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