songwriting

February Album Writing Month Cover Art

What I Learned During February Album Writing Month

I… I… I did it?

This year I participated in February Album Writing Month. The goal is to write 14 songs in 28 days. And, I met the goal!

Now, admittedly, a handful of the songs I wrote in that period were built from ideas, hooks, riffs, and lyrics I had kicking around before February 2019. However, the month-long challenge was my motivation for finishing them. (more…)

Songwriting and Work Ethic Wisdom from Irving Berlin

Berlin has said that he “does not believe in inspiration,” and feels that although he may be gifted in certain areas, his “most successful compositions were the “result of work.” He said that he did most of his work under pressure. He would typically begin writing after dinner and continue until 4 or 5 in the morning.

This is wikipedia so I take it with a grain of salt, however, the sentiment still speaks to me. I would never dare compare my songwriting to that of Irving Berlin. However, I’m acutely aware that songs that don’t materialize out of thin air. (more…)

Solo Performance Band Aid: Ripped Off

Sort of. I overuse the metaphor of ripping off a band aid anytime I have to do anything remotely painful, difficult, or just plain annoying. It usually results in me going into something somewhat unprepared, as gung ho as possible, while somewhat bracing myself.

Tonight I attended what will likely be the first of a monthly salon hosted by Matt Healy and Cozy Josie, the folks also behind The Spoon and Trowel. The food is always out of control good at their functions so I never pass up an invite. Here was their email pitch:

We want to take our creative pursuits seriously, and having an audience helps to do that. Nothing adds fuel to the creative fire like having to show what you’re doing to other people and hearing what they have to say about it. Put more simply: having a thing to make something for is easier than making it for no reason. This is a thing your thing can be for.

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