Staying In Love With The Craft Of Songwriting

2As with so many creative arts, songwriting can often be an incredibly frustrating experience, and it can be easy for you to lose your inspiration and forget your love of the craft when compositional process grinds to a halt. Here we look at how to rekindle the fire and maintain your love of songwriting.


In this most recent post to MusicThinkTank, Caleb J. Murphy looks at how songwriters can maintain their love of the craft, even when faced with creative roadblocks.

"One way to really appreciate a song is to rewrite it. When you do this, you start to understand the (often simple) chord progressions, the imagery a songwriter uses, and the creative melodies they chose.

So try this: take a song from your favorite artists and rewrite it, line by line. Say the thing in your own words, then make your own chord progression and melody based on the original.

This is mainly an exercise to help your creative juices flow, but if you end up with a killer song of your own, then great! Either way, this should help reinvigorate your love for the craft."

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  1. Rewrite and refine, sing it, find the texture and the mood within the lyrics, finesse even the simple words or phrase so that it expresses more completely the thought. You will know when you have struck the meaning of the song. It is then your creation.

  2. I’ve been writing since I was a teenager. Now in my 70s I’m fortunate to have help. My bandmates will help solve musical hurdles for me when I’m stuck. All 3 of us write and all have input. We listen to each other.
    I fill in lyrics for them when they get bogged. We use multiple instruments for ideas and manage to get past our creative stumps.
    We can be heard at hatonabed.com

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