Beginning Songwriter Takeaways

Don’t Be Stubborn in Pursuit of Being Original

It’s a general case that we would feel frustrations when we can hardly finish our first song with less experience, though we have infinite passion about being a songwriter. Folk master Pete Seeger advised, “You hear an old song you like but you’d like to change a little, there’s no great crime in changing a little.” Whether using the same melody to translate your understanding into new lyrics or moving the same verse to your own melody, they are both feasible ways leading you to the first practices.

Face up to all Your Feelings Honestly and Fairly

Sometimes we’re hesitating to record down any dark feelings in a song because we assume they would be meaningless ideas for music creation. Don’t think that way. In the words of Blues master Willie Dixon, when you remember a fact by songwriting, “whether the fact is good or bad, it gives you encouragement to live a decent life, one way or the other. To judge.” As long as you’re free from discriminating these facts, great lyrics will come to you naturally.

You Have No Problem Being an Outsider of a Story

If you yearn for writing many songs or become a professional songwriter, it’s make-sense that our limited experience and time won’t fill all the voids in our inspiration diaries. Many songwriters created great songs by being a narrator of stories from different artistic forms. How do you feel when closing a novel book or switching off a movie? How would you interpret in a poetic way if you hope a picture to be understandable for more visitors… Got it?

Create Your Boring Time

An open secret in artistic creation is to make connections between two objects that aren’t usually connected. The science says that our brain often has no space for these idle connections because we’re always busy doing what we’re supposed to do in a day. Yet, these strange connections would come when you’re hanging around, and this is why so many fantastic songs were brought out in daydreams and night dreams. Now give your brain more time and make this functionality open again.

Reference Book: Songwriters on Songwriting by Paul Zollo

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