Doing The Work – Defining Your Songwriting Process

I have been writing songs for just 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… Read More Doing The Work – Defining Your Songwriting Process

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

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… Read More Some Creative Suggestions For Your Songwriting

Some Thoughts About Writing, The Process And Writers Block

I wanted to share some thoughts about the craft and process of writing and in particular, writers block that I’ve gleaned from English author Philip Pullman. On his website there are some transcripts of past interviews that really shed some light on his thoughts of the craft of writing, the process and especially writers block.… Read More Some Thoughts About Writing, The Process And Writers Block

Mastering The Art Of Finishing Your Songs

I reckon one of the biggest self imposed obstacles that songwriters face is the inability to finish songs once we start writing them. If you’re like me then you would have a large archive full of half finished demos and songwriting snippets accompanied with reams of paper filled with possible song titles and scrawled out… Read More Mastering The Art Of Finishing Your Songs