Posts Tagged ‘Composition’

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 […]

Being Unique

This week we’re looking at what makes your music or singing different from everybody else! Throughout musical history there have been many artists who have made a difference due to their sound being uncommon and distinct. In fact, those who strived to be different have done more to shape music throughout the years than those […]

Making a Connection

This week we’re wondering what makes you connect with a song! There are so many varied types of music in the world. Differences in tempo, lyrical content, mood and other factors all affect how we relate to songs and are part of the deciding factor in our personal choices of what we listen to and […]