Writing Songs

The Illusion Of Songwriting Perfection

Recently, I was chatting to a songwriter friend of mine about the pain he experiences while writing songs. He said that he’s great at starting songs but lousy at finishing them (well, aren’t we all). He also told me the main philosophy for his songwriting process is, “if the song is not perfect then the […]

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Let Writing Songs Flow Naturally, Don’t Force It!

Okay, let’s clarify something here. Having a songwriting process does not mean that you have to force yourself to write songs. Nothing gets done if you force things. It goes against nature itself. In nature, changes happen in their own time and at their own pace. Things grow, evolve, breathe and become whatever they are […]

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Give Yourself Permission To Write Songs, Especially The So Called “Bad” Ones

I remember a few years ago where my songwriting was at a very, very low point. The problem was that I wasn’t writing anything at all. I found myself with a huge case of songwriters block and it was stopping any and every form of creativity coming out of me. I became scared of writing, […]

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Don’t Worry About Writing “Hits,” Just Concentrate On Writing “Songs”

I reckon I’m going to open a can of worms with this next statement but, I think that as songwriters we can’t really determine with 100% accuracy whether a song we write is a hit or not. I mean, isn’t determining whether a song is a hit or not the job of the listening public? […]

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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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Writing Songs – Pen And Paper VS Keyboard And Computer

Call me old fashioned but I still prefer writing songs with a pen to paper rather than to use a computer. There have been many times where I’ve attempted to use a word processor instead of pen and paper to jot down my songwriting ideas and I’ve found that the special feeling of continuity I […]

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YOU Are The Uniqueness And Originality In Your Songwriting

Here’s a can of worms I choose to open today (and this is personal opinion of course)… I reckon that we are coming to the point where everything in western contemporary music has been done before, so why are songwriters so concerned with trying to sound totally 100% original to the point where it becomes an […]

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What I’ve Learnt About Writing Songs By Playing Covers

Personally, I love learning covers in my own unique way almost as much as writing and playing my own music. The main reason for this is that by learning to play covers that have been proven to be hit songs themselves, I know I’ll learn how to write my own songs better. Here are some […]

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