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StopThinking, Start Feeling


The whole idea behind a good song is that it makes you the listener feels something. The emotional connection to the song, the beat, the story being told, or all three. I think we can all agree that the greatest songs always leave you feeling something. The authors of those songs must have been feeling something when they wrote those songs as well.

"When I am traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly."
-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Creative Mode - When you’re in you’re creative mode, try to not critique your work. Put idea's down as you get them and don’t over analyze everything. Just get all the ideas down. Don’t worry if it sounds silly or amateurish, you can polish it up later. Some of the most powerful songs have the simplest chord structures and if you play those chords by themselves on a guitar or a keyboard, chances are it will sound pretty silly by itself too. Think of how many rap songs sound silly until you add the right vocal and some serious bass. But also think about how simple the song structure is. How many times have you thought, “I could’ve done that” or “why didn’t I write that”.

Stop thinking and start feeling. Just repeat that anytime you feel the need to destroy your creative moment with self-doubt and criticism. What is really important as a writer is to embrace that creative moment and let everything you can pour out of you. But you need to document it without self-doubt and criticism. He who hesitates, strike while the irons hot etc.

"I'm the interpreter. I'm the one who takes your words and brings them to life. I was trained to sing and dance and laugh, and that's what I want to do".
- Aaliyah

Record, Record, Record - Record your song or write it down. If you’re using a notebook try to jot down some melody and chord structure information. Recording your song is even better, you can use anything you can get your hands on, and even a phone or ipod will work. Just about everything has some kind of built in recorder these days, your computer too. Document your song; your moment of inspiration, for sometimes the muse disappears quickly, never to return.

The Connection is a Feeling - So, now you’ve got something, whether it’s a full song or just a fragment. These moments of inspiration come and go, but if you are always open and ready, you will notice more and more opportunities for the song to come out. If this piece of a song makes you (or even better) or someone else feel something, you’re on the right track. And if you’re not feeling especially inspired, that’s the perfect time to go back into the “archives” and see what develops.

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