There’s one fact of songwriting life that I’ve never been able to get around. It’s this: The songs just don’t write themselves.
There’s a part of me that wants to avoid the heavy mental lifting and investment of time that’s involved in writing new songs and developing as a songwriter, in keeping the writing muscles working and the craft expanding.
But when I avoid songwriting, which I sometimes do (and I’m fairly prolific!), after a while I realize something…
I don’t have any new songs.
And I’m unenthused by the ones I’ve already got developing. Which is even worse. It’s worse because my evaluation is not really a judgement on the quality of my song ideas. It’s a reflection of my desire to avoid putting in the time it takes to make them solid, complete songs.
And I actually enjoy songwriting! Who can fathom my perverse songwriting mind? But there it is.
And yet the fact remains… My songs just refuse to write themselves.
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