The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #58222   Message #920999
Posted By: Jerry Rasmussen
28-Mar-03 - 10:24 PM
Thread Name: Art of Songwriting
Subject: RE: Art of Songwriting
Thanks for the nice compliment, Alanabit.   I'm about the worst person you could ask about songwriting because I don't think I've written more than a half a dozen songs in my life setting out to write a song. About the best I could say when you write words is be playful, savor the words, roll them around on your tongue and try to be visual when you can so that a couple of words can paint a picture..
"livingroom waltz" is a movie with a whole plot, for me. You won't have that many words to tell a story or convey an emotion. And, try writing from the third person. That will release you a little from the navel-gazer syndrome. And, listen to people, listen to how they speak and phrases that are colorful or have a lot of power in them. Listen for the stories that are all around us. Each one of us and our families have enough stories and experiences to keep a songwriter busy for a lifetime.

How do you write the songs? As many ways as there are people. I'm afraid I'm not much help, there... There are other Catters that approach songwriting more directly than me... but don't be discouraged. I still remember the effect of very tentative songs I've heard people bring to songwriter's workshops that moved me.