Friday, April 13, 2012
SONGWRITING PART 3 : Some Keys To The Kingdom
Some important things to keep in mind as you start the journey to become a songwriter.
YOUR PERSPECTIVE IS ESSENTIAL.
Although feelings tend to be where most songs start out, feelings aren't enough to make a good song happen.
Good songwriting joins a strong emotion with a unique idea or perspective on the emotional situation. Once you have that worked out your songs perspective on the situation presented in your material then your song has been born.
FORGET ABOUT BEING CLEVER. BE HONEST.
A word of advice to the fledgling songwriter.
Try making being honest rather than clever as your goal.
Being clever is for beginners. When we start we are up in our heads trying to figure out how to be unique.
But using complex language or ideas for the sake of being smart isn't what music is about. GREAT writer/artists like Dylan or Joni started out real simple, have a listen to their first few albums. And they ended up changing the world of songwriting forever!
DON'T SWEAT BEING 'UNIQUE"
Your unique "take" on life is something you don't have to over think ..it just is a fact of your existence. No two people ever think alike or have the same exact perspective so you're "take" on an emotional situation will end up being unique.
Your Emotions plus your Perspective are already unique. Develop THAT equation and keep writing you'll eventually find your identity as a songwriter.