Posts Tagged ‘Composition’

Writing Songs – Location, Location…location.

You may not have a choice of location when a song strikes you, but if you’re planning ahead of time to sit down and write, think about your location. Where you are can be very influential in your songwriting. Near a park or lake? Perfect spot to write relaxing or slow tempo songs. Stuck in […]

Know Who’s Listening to Your Original Songs

If you’re serious about songwriting, you have to know who you’re writing for. Who is listening to your music? Knowing your audience will help set goals and give you a sense of direction while writing. While you may understand what you’re expressing in a song, ask yourself if your audience will. How will your listeners […]

Neil Sedaka – On Staying Creative

Neil Sedaka takes us into the depths of the songwriting process.

Songwriting with Results

There’s drudgery and there’s magic – says Nik Kershaw

Role Play

Sarah Bella recommends an experiment to move your songwriting forward. When your notepad is blank, and you just can’t seem to fill it, try to role play. Think of an artist you are inspired by and try to write a song that the artist would sing. It may help to steer you in a new […]

Record Everything

When a melody or line strikes you, record it asap! I have dozens of garage band recordings that are nothing but a few lines here and there that come to me throughout the day. You never know which one will turn into your next hit! Same thing with lyrics. Always have a notepad on hand […]

Sound Too Familiar?

It may be time for some new sources of inspiration –says Sarah Bella Have all your songs started to sound the same? It’s one thing to have a style; that is a great thing to possess! As an artist, all the songs you release should stay in the style or genre you are going for. […]

The Borders of Your Life

Is the sense of pressure and rush eroding your creativity? –asks Greg Barker Simon & Garfunkel knew that the most revealing aspects of our lives happen at the borders. The borders: those parts of our days that do not seem important, that few ever see. That moment when we step out of the door but […]

Songwriting Habits that Work

A. J. Croce exposes the close relationship between creativity and hard work –says Petra Tool

You Don’t Have to Be Shakespeare

I happen to be a Shakespeare fan, but I like to keep him at the theater. The best songs speak the way we do, with a few clever twists here and there. If you want to say “I love you”, actually saying it might not be the worst idea. While poetry is beautiful, it can […]