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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 old man playing a classical guitar by a window.

Paul mentions in the interview that after a week of staring at this picture while waiting for his wife Linda to recover, he had the urge to try and work out what two fingered chord the old man in the painting was playing.

From that idea he decided to see if he could write a song by limiting himself to using only two fingers on the guitar at all times.

Here is the video of his interview with Michael Parkinson…

This really shows the genius of Paul McCartney at work and how through setting your own limitations, you can create your own inspiration.

On further research I discovered that the song in question became When the Wind Is Blowing an unreleased song from around the time Paul McCartney’s RAM album was recorded in 1970…

Have you ever set up some self imposed limitations as a way to write a song? What was it? Let me know.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

The 13 Love Song Ideas That Listeners Love

It’s generally accepted that most songs are written about the universally perennial topics of love and all of its complicated offshoots.

Listeners (mainly females) just can’t get enough of love songs.

From the innocent musings of early Lennon/McCartney Beatles tunes to the smooth contemporary vibes of songwriters like Ed Sheeran and John Legend, it seems that love and songwriting go hand in hand.

Songwriters also love writing love songs but struggle sometimes with the concept of writing a love song that hasn’t been written before.

In a world full of songs about love it can be hard for your song to stand out but this is where an article from songwriter Nicholas Tozier comes to the rescue.

Nicholas runs a songwriting blog called The Lyric Writers Workroom and through his article titled 13 Love Song Ideas That Listeners Love, he describes the many heads of the love song animal which will give a songwriter more information as to what type of love song he or she is going to write.

He also goes on to say in his article…

When you write a love song, you explore themes that everybody can relate to: from the rush of flirting with an attractive stranger, to the constant tug of infatuation that distracts a lover’s mind all day. The shaky knees before going out, the warm comforts of coming home to a long-term partner, the sick-to-your-stomach heartbreak… the world is in love with love songs.

It certainly opened my eyes into the possibility of writing more love songs without feeling that I’ve done it all before.

What are you views on writing love song? Do you jump into writing them head first or, you avoid writing them like the plague because as Paul McCartney once said “you think that people would have had enough of silly love songs.”

To finish things off, here is McCartney’s “Silly Love Songs” for the sake of balance…

Until next time, keep on writing (those love songs),

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

Here is the original link: 13 Love Song Ideas That Listeners Love