The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #58222   Message #920540
Posted By: Kim C
28-Mar-03 - 10:37 AM
Thread Name: Art of Songwriting
Subject: RE: Art of Songwriting
I bought a voice-activated cassette recorder awhile back. Do you think I remember to take it with me? Of course not!

I have a friend, who is a professional songwriter, who does that noun-adjective thing. I've never tried it, but I should.

I have another friend, who is a novelist, who carries pen and paper with him just about all the time. If he hears something he likes, he'll write it down.

I do try to write down ideas, even if they are snippets, whenever they come to me. They may languish for awhile, but they're there when I'm ready.

I always like to say, that my songs fall out of the sky. And that's sort of true. Sometimes they materialize in their entirety, and other times I have to walk along and pick up the pieces from the ground. Sometimes they knock me in the head like a ton of bricks.

The truth be known, I don't really know how I do it. I just do it. But everyone's creative process is different. You have to do it however it works best for you.

And yes, sometimes I do write just instrumentals. I'm extremely partial to waltzes. :-)