October 2020

Austin Kleon – Steal Like An Artist (VIDEO)

I’m a firm believer that when it comes to songwriting, the originality in your songs comes from the fact that you wrote it in the first place, not from any external source. To reinforce this belief, I found a video of a TEDx talk by author and artist Austin Kleon called “Steal Like An Artist” […]

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Songwriting Tools – Randomness And Oblique Strategies

Oblique Strategies (with the subtitle “over 100 worthwhile dilemmas”) is a set of published cards first created in 1975 by ambient music pioneer and music producer to the stars, Brian Eno and his longtime friend Peter Schmidt. They were designed to break creative deadlock through generating thought, discussion and inspiration from randomly chosen phrases or cryptic […]

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Songwriting Process – Bruce Mau’s “An Incomplete Manifesto For Growth”

Below is the complete version of “An Incomplete Manifesto For Growth” as mentioned in my last blog post “Some Creative Suggestions For Your Songwriting.” This manifesto was conceived in 1998 by Bruce Mau, the creative director of Bruce Mau Design. The purpose of the manifesto is explained on his website in the following way: “Written […]

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Some Creative Suggestions For Your Songwriting

One of my favourite songwriting websites that I visit regularly is called TAXI. I really like the articles and helpful tips that they provide on the site as well as the songwriting A&R service that they’re so well known for. Recently I came across an article by a songwriter named Michael Anderson called “Creative Suggestions” The article is […]

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Songwriting Tip – Using Cliches To Your Songwriting Advantage

There are many songwriting articles around telling us how bad cliches are for songwriting and that they should be eliminated from your life but for me, the question still remains… “Is it possible to completely eradicate cliches from your songwriting?” Well, I believe that you can’t completely eradicate cliches but you can look at them from […]

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10 Places To Find Your Songwriting Inspiration

Finding that spark that starts off your songwriting process can be pretty difficult at times so when I came across an article called 10 Places To Find Inspiration For Songwriting, I was really intrigued to see what it had to say. On finding songwriting inspiration the article states that… “Songwriting can be a somewhat tricky […]

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Using A Random Image As A Songwriting Prompt

We songwriters are very sensory creatures and we have been known to use a variety of stimuli to kick off our songwriting processes. I have, in previous posts mentioned that listening to music or reading some poetry might be a good way to find some inspiration but I have not yet discussed whether a random […]

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Songwriting Tip – Sometimes You’ve Just Got To Walk Away

The productivity of your songwriting process can be a very hard thing to predict at times. Some days it’s like writing songs is the easiest thing to do in the world while on other days it’s an impossible task just trying to put pen to paper. When this happens, one of the best ways I’ve […]

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Songwriting Help – Some Ways To Improve Your Songwriting Output

Here are some ideas I’ve picked up lately on how you can improve your overall songwriting ability because it’s amazing how the smallest changes to your routine can make the biggest differences… 1. Listen To Music It sounds simple enough but by immersing yourself in the music of others you’re allowing the music to flow […]

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Doing The Work – Defining Your Songwriting Process

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 […]

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