Welcome, to my songwriting page! Hey…Do you live in a muse? I know I certainly do! With my ideas on paper and journals scattered throughout my house, piano’s playing, guitar’s strumming – it’s kind of hard not too. I’d like to share with you, if you are seriously thinking about pursuing a songwriting career, some questions you should consider. For instance: Do I have what it takes to touch the lives of others? Am I ready to put my thoughts and feelings on the line? Am I prepared to handle rejection? …criticism? Well, first of all, you must accept yourself and be the character from which all your writing will evolve. You need to set your fears aside and let your feelings flow. Consequentially, if you’re someone who couldn’t be bothered too much about how others will perceive your work, this could be your true calling.
Here’s my definition of a songwriter…
… a songwriter, to me, is a music lover with a consistent rhythm in their soul. Their obsession; a perpetual passion to communicate this rhythm with the skillful use of word counts and rhyming. Thus, it is their creative writing abilities that allow them to communicate, effectively. A songwriter’s success is based, solely, on their ability to connect to their readers or listeners on an emotional level.
Personally, I think, the best place to start is to listen to your heart! Many times, I can never say, out loud, what I am feeling on the inside. Instead, I write it down, and sometimes, without regard to my own thoughts and feelings. In retrospect, a songwriter must always keep an open mind, particularly, when writing about something good or bad. We have to keep it real; and keep in mind, when we are feeling unsure about something we write, honestly, it is hard to please everybody so just do your thing.
A songwriter will wonder things like; what can I write for a bridge or what’s a good chord progression? You are constantly focusing on and processing the events of your life. Make sure to write them down or record them; those minute stresses and conflicts, those loving, touching moments. Write everyday! Whatever your muse may be, believe in yourself; enjoy what you do and be proud of your craft.