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Month: January 2019

This Week In Songwriting #02: January 12th – 18th, 2019

Here are some interesting songwriting links from the previous week for you to check out…

This Week In Songwriting #02: January 12th – 18th, 2019

Missy Elliott to be first female rapper inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

A Letter to Songwriters from I Heart Songwriting Club

Songwriting Tip: Recording Voice Memos

Nine Rules of Hit Songwriting

How to Become a Topline Writer

New Video: 5 Characteristics of Great Song Lyrics

The Power of Patterns In the Writing of Song Melodies

6 Songwriters Hall Of Fame 2019 Inductees Named

It Looks Like You Need 9.1 Songwriters To Write A Hit Song These Days

Songwriting: The Balancing Act

If you have a songwriting link that you want me to check or, you have a question about one of the above links either comment below or, contact me and we can have a frank and robust discussion about it (as they say in politics).

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

6 Ways You Can Find Melodic Ideas Everywhere Around You

I’m a great believer that songwriting ideas are everywhere and all you need to do is to allow yourself to tap into the void and somehow, let the songwriting ideas come to you.

These sentiments are echoed in Erin McAnnally’s wonderful article titled 6 Songwriting Tips for Finding Melodies in the Space Around You which appeared recently in the songwriting blog SongFancy.

In the article she writes…

There are melodies all around us, even in the silence we may be lucky enough to experience once in a while.It is up to us to harvest them, to memorialize them and to put them to use.

The world and the mind itself can be sources of constant inspiration and provide fruitful and nearly constant ideas if we allow ourselves to listen and create.

Erin then goes on to list the 6 ways that you can find songwriting ideas everywhere around you. Without going into too much detail, they are…

  • Listen to yourself
  • Listen to the world
  • Meditate on a looped track
  • Doodle on your instrument
  • Let words lead you
  • Record everything you find

Essentially what Erin is saying in 6 Songwriting Tips for Finding Melodies in the Space Around You is that you need to stop the world, get off the merry-go-round for a bit and really take the time out to listen to yourself and the world around you.

I also think she’s saying that we also need to be brave enough to walk along paths less travelled and be prepared to experience inconvenient tangents and happy accidents in our quest for new songwriting ideas.

I enjoyed this article very much and found myself nodding my head in agreement while at the same time, feeling vindicated that my views on the infinite and sacred nature of songwriting ideas had resonated with someone else.

What are your views on this matter? Do you think that songwriting ideas reside in the spaces in between and are waiting to be channelled?

Comment below or, let me know what you think. Id love to hear your thoughts

In the meantime, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

Check out the original link: 6 Songwriting Tips for Finding Melodies in the Space Around You • SongFancy

This Week In Songwriting – An Introduction

In a recent post on my personal blog, I talked about my habit for hoarding information as a means of procrastination to the point where my Evernote account has over 32000 links on various topics of interest (songwriting being one of them) to be read at a later date.

These links have accumulated over time because I have a morning ritual of scanning all of the RSS feeds I subscribe to (using a site called Feedly) and bookmarking anything of value to be read later.

Now, I definitely bookmark more information than I could ever hope to use in my blog writing but at the same time I don’t want to delete information unless I can find a way to use it.

Hence I’m starting a new initiative called This Week In Songwriting.

Put simply, This Week In Songwriting is a series of once-a-week posts full of interesting songwriting links that I find during the week that I want to share with you. I’ll be posting every Friday with the links starting from the previous Saturday.

I want to kick things off with a special first instalment of This Week In Songwriting with links that I’ve found from Tuesday, January 1st until Friday, January 11th.

In the meantime, here is the very first This Week In Songwriting

This Week In Songwriting #01 – W/E Friday, January 11th, 2019

Good Songwriting, and the Demand for Uniqueness

Working Backwards From The Rhyme Can Unlock Your Song

3 Ways To Rethink Your Songwriting Process

Japan Extends Its Copyright Protection from 50 Years to 70 Years

31 Writing Prompts For January 2019

The Current State of Creative AI: What Songwriters Need to Know

A.I. Songwriting Has Arrived. Don’t Panic

5 Collaboration Opportunities You’re Missing Out On

Songwriter Challenges – Putting Thoughts Into Words Into Music

Will Robot’s Top The Chart? Musician’s Voice In Age Of AI

Songwriters: Don’t Focus On The Summit

How to Keep Your New Year (Songwriting) Resolution

How To Write A Song For Beginners – A Step By Step Guide

How to Set Goals that Turn Songwriting Dreams Into Plans

Goal Setting for Singers and Songwriters – 2019 Edition

What To Do When “I’ve Used These Same Chords Too Many Times!”

On Being a Student of Songwriting

Can You Teach Songwriting? A Pro Songwriter’s Perspective

Well, I hope you enjoy looking through the above links. If there are any questions you may have or, you want to start a discussion about one of the links then feel free to contact me and we’ll take it from there.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

5 Resolutions Every Songwriter Should Strive For In 2019

Well, it’s now 2019 and that means that any songwriting goal or new years resolution that you’ve been planning for is now ready to be tackled and achieved.

Many songwriters including myself, will have similar goals to achieve for this year but this (end of) 2015 article 5 Resolutions Every Songwriter Should Set For The New Year Right Now which appeared on the SongwriterLink blog details the five songwriting goals which are the most important to strive for.

The article starts off by saying that when it comes to successful songwriting goals…

… success comes by making habits out of manageable goals, and songwriting is no different.

It then goes on to list the goals

  • Create a goal calendar
  • Write one full song a week
  • Co-write a song once a month
  • Build your network
  • Join a songwriting association

Thankfully my songwriting goals include most of what’s on this list however, my question to you is this…

What are your songwriting goals for 2019?

Let me know, I’d love to hear what you’re planning on doing for this year.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

Check out the original link: 5 Resolutions Every Songwriter Should Set for the New Year Right Now – SongwriterLink Blog