The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #31433   Message #408946
Posted By: GUEST
01-Mar-01 - 03:03 PM
Thread Name: HOW do you write your songs?
Subject: RE: BS: HOW do you write your songs?
I Think song writing is like farming, first thing you need to do is learn the lay of your land, where the fertile soil is, plant your crop there,and rotate the crops every once in awhile it's good for the soil. I think people put to much emphasis on the "art", it is more craft really, and if you are honest and persistent in your attempts you will hear you in the work and that is when "artist" is tagged on. All art is craft first really. Listen to lots of music especially within the style(s) your working with, reinterpet, borrow themes, set out to write a song inspired by a phrase or feel. Work the folk process like a mule. There is nothing new under the sun. "new" is woefully overrated. There are only diffrent people ,with diffrent perspectives, diffrent strengths, diffrent weaknesses. You show me an innovator I'll show you someone who tweaked something that was already here after learning it DEEPLY, and INTERNALIZING IT. Draw together the things you love, the things that made you want to play, and want to write. Keep what feels like yours, Don't mimmick. GOTTA GET BEHIND THE MULE IN THE MORNING AND PLOW, AND ALWAYS KEEP A SAPHIRE IN YOUR MIND.- djh