March 2020

Writing Songs – It Doesn’t Matter Where You Start, As Long As You Start Somewhere

Sometimes writing songs is a linear experience. You come across a possible song title that jumps out at you and after writing the first line of the first verse, a first draft is suddenly completed from start to finish. Sometimes writing songs is a puzzle solving exercise. You take a piece here, a song title […]

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Songwriting Inspiration Can Come From Self Imposed Limitations

One of my favourite songwriters is Paul McCartney and I found a video of him on the Parkinson show describing how he wrote a song after being inspired from a Picasso print hanging up at the hospital where his first child was born. The painting by Pablo Picasso is called The Old Guitarist which depicts an […]

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The Roles Of Different Song Sections (Plus Examples)

Today, I found the perfect accompanying article for my recent 6-Part Series On Song Formatting that I wanted to share with you all. It was written by Benjamin Samama (a former teacher from the Berklee College of Music) for the very popular SonicBids blog and the article is called “Songwriting 101: What’s The Purpose Of All […]

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Lennon Or McCartney – Which Songwriter Would You Choose?

For me, it’s John Lennon all the way (he was also my Mum’s favourite) although Paul McCartney comes in at a very, very close second. Which Beatle would you choose as the one who’s influenced your songwriting the most? I’d love to know who YOU would choose. Until next time, keep on writing, Corey StewartAll About […]

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Words First Or Music First? Does It Really Matter?

In my experience, one of the first questions a songwriter will ask about the songwriting process is “What should come first? Words or music?” Well, there’s really no right or wrong answer to that question but I’m sure that if you asked 100 songwriters you’d definitely get 100 (slightly) different answers. First of all let’s […]

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Songwriting 101 – #6: The Hook

This is a series of posts about song formatting and structure. Every couple of days I’ll be writing about the different individual elements that make up a song. Go to #1 – The Chorus Go to #2 – The Verse Go to #3 – The Melody Go to #4 – The Bridge Go to #5 […]

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Songwriting 101 – #5: Intro’s And Outro’s

This is a series of posts about song formatting and structure. Every couple of days I’ll be writing about the different individual elements that make up a song. Go to #1 – The Chorus Go to #2 – The Verse Go to #3 – The Melody Go to #4 – The Bridge Please bear in […]

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Songwriting 101 – #4: The Bridge

This is a series of posts about song formatting and structure. Every couple of days I’ll be writing about the different individual elements that make up a song. Go to #1 – The Chorus Go to #2 – The Verse Go to #3 – The Melody Please bear in mind that these are my definitions […]

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Songwriting 101 – #3: The Melody

This is a series of posts about song formatting and structure. Every couple of days I’ll be writing about the different individual elements that make up a song. Go to #1 – The Chorus Go to #2 – The Verse Please bear in mind that these are my definitions and interpretations of the different parts […]

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Songwriting 101 – #2: The Verse

This is a series of posts about song formatting and structure. Every couple of days I’ll be writing about the different individual elements that make up a song. Go to #1 – The Chorus Please bear in mind that these are my definitions and interpretations of the different parts of a song structure. There are […]

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