The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #35054   Message #476679
Posted By: black walnut
05-Jun-01 - 08:14 AM
Thread Name: Songwriting Under Pressure
Subject: RE: Songwriting Under Pressure
Great feedback.

I find it hard to write under pressure if I'm overly tired and stressed. I write better in the morning when the house is quiet and I'm full of caffeine. That's what happened yesterday.

Another aspect of making songwriting work for me is along the lines of what Mark Cohen was saying....I find that I will too easily and quickly dismiss a topic as unworthy. But if someone else gives me the topic or the task, then for me it's like filling in the blanks. A group can do that for helps to get rid of that little negative editing voice. I like the idea of using a concrete thing to work from, like those shoes. The great guitar player Don Ross wrote the wonderful song, 'Any Colour But Blue', because a songwriting group leader told the group he was in to write something about any colour except blue.

For me, having a deadline to write for is like getting to work on time. You don't go to work 2 hours early. You get there when you have to, or late, depending on traffic.

Speaking of....