Archive for Songwriting Inspiration
May 1st, 2018 by John Pape
November 28th, 2017 by Glen Parry
“He who every morning plans the transactions of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incident, chaos will soon reign.”
— VICTOR HUGO
Your Life Purpose Starting Point
To begin with there are some soul searching questions to need to ask yourself. Here are some of those questions:
- Have you ever wondered why you exist?
- Do you feel like you wander aimlessly though life?
- Have you reached your goals?
- Are you where you want to be in your songwriting?
I am sure these are questions each one of us has pondered. I believe that each one of us in the world has a unique and special life purpose. This is especially true of creative people like songwriters. With that in mind I wanted to write about this discovery process. The get started, here are two stories about two individuals. (more…)
November 21st, 2017 by Michael Stoddard
Struggling with writer’s block? Don’t get discouraged. To overcome writer’s block is something that every musician has to deal with. The good news is there are many different ways to push through the feeling of being stuck.
Each person will have a few different tricks they find work best. I’ll provide you with the 5 most common methods of blasting through writer’s block so you can turn out that next chart topper! (more…)
October 26th, 2017 by John Pape
Music has not only the ability to evoke past emotions but also to awaken feelings that we have never experienced. But finding your tune is not easy. With a great variety of music genres and categories, it is almost impossible to decide on personal songwriting style. Entertainment industry offers us many events to enjoy the favorite band or singer. How to develop personal songwriting style? How to discover what brings your pleasure and satisfaction? If you are curious about that question, this article will help you answer it.
How to begin?
To discover the your personal songwriting style, you have to listen to many compositions of different genres, even what seems stupid and strange from the beginning, even if you are frightened by the name Marilyn Manson. (more…)
February 12th, 2017 by Nicole Lewis
Songwriters may often ask themselves, “What makes a song great?” The answer to that question can make the difference between a mediocre song and an amazing song. Hopefully, once you finish reading this post you will be on the path the write great songs. This is not a new topic it has been written about by many experts in the industry. Trying to unravel the right formula is a lot like hitting a moving target. Taste change, technology changes making it difficult to nail down the right formula. (more…)
November 6th, 2016 by Jeremy Raynolds
Either you are writing sad songs about love, or some songs about happiness, you need make the right song structure. You can add emotional impact to your songs with the right lyrics, using deep and emotional lyrics at all times.
You have to make your listeners feel the way you do. Drawing your listeners into an experience is one of the best things you can do these days. This will allow you to get what you want in no time. Make your listeners hear what you are hearing, feel what you are feeling, and almost touch what you are touching. They should be involved in the situation without even think about it. Your focus should be on the use of physical senses to get what you want. Your listeners should take in a lot of images. This will allow them to better understand what you mean. Your listeners should identify with you as much as you can. (more…)
December 17th, 2013 by John Pape
This motivational phrase shows that it is extremely important to find a muse before the beginning of each business, especially a creative one like the perfect song.
Inspiration comes to us unconsciously after experienced emotions or feelings. It is a sense of absolute concentration and commitment which is accompanied by special enthusiasm and emotional rise.
It is harder for adults to find an inspiration than for children. Unfortunately, an experience prevents us from believing in miracles but without it, a muse is transformed into an ordinary accounting.
From a realistic point of view of an inspiration — is a feeling when an experience and the dreams about desirable future are connected. (more…)
November 18th, 2013 by John Pape
1) Why do you write songs?
Answering this question will give you the motivation to move forward. It will help define your purpose for songwriting. Knowing the reason why you write songs is a strong motivator. This is especially helpful in those times where you creative energy is low. Know the reason why you write songs. (more…)
September 28th, 2013 by John Pape
What does a car ride, a wedding ceremony and any great party have in common? Many things probably, but one thing they have in common for sure is songs. Think about it. So many of our daily activities and our special events include special songs.
Songs are Everywhere
Think about the things you love to do during the day. Love to watch television? Pretty much any television show is filled with the songs of different musical artists. Do you prefer to go to the mall and shop? If so, take time to listen in each store you enter because you will find that songs make up the background noise at every shopping mall. (more…)
May 1st, 2013 by John Pape
Songwriting is a creative activity. Sometimes songwriters need a shot of motivation to get creative juices flowing. Here is a list of 19 ways to improve songwriting creativity when writing your next song.
1) Make Lists
Lists are great ways to come up with ideas. And can be the first step to improve songwriting creativity. In the case of songwriting, you can start a list of words and ideas that relate to the song you are working on. Lists can also morph in to process by listing various tasks and placing them in sequential order. Songwriting is a process and a list can help keep you on track.
2) Carry a Notebook Everywhere
You never know when an idea will strike. You could be anywhere and a great song title or song concept will jump out at you. If you have a notebook handy it is a simple task to open it up and write it down. Now you don’t have to rely on your memory to hold that idea. Open your notebook later and you will have your ideas ready to work on. (more…)
January 30th, 2013 by John Pape
You’ve started to write songs. You really enjoy creating these songs. Up to now it has only been a hobby but now you want to take it more seriously. You’re creating some great sounding songs, but now it’s time to improve your skills as a songwriter. Here are some ways to help move you toward next level songwriting.
Learn Music Theory
Understanding music theory can help you with the inner workings of how music is put together. To get start you need to pick up a good music theory book or enroll in lessons. The essence of music theory will help you learn about scales, chords, rhythms, harmony. Learning these elements in music will make you a better songwriter. (more…)
January 24th, 2013 by John Pape
Develop these attributes of a successful songwriter, and you will find yourself moving quickly toward songwriting success!
The music business is a tough business. You cannot be easily hurt or upset if you want to be a successful songwriter. There will always be situations where your work will be under scrutiny or critiqued. You need to develop a way to see past that and let it roll off your back, like “water off a duck’s back.”
Ducks have feathers that are tight and their density act like oil. It keeps the duck dry and warm. So when water, cold or otherwise, lands on the back of a duck, it simply rolls off. Let critiques roll off your back in a similar manner. If you are going to be successful, you need to take these situations as opportunities to become a better songwriter.
January 19th, 2013 by John Pape
Songwriting is a creative endeavor. As such creativity techniques need to be applied when you develop your songs. These techniques will help you find new and innovative ideas. We are going to go through the process in a step by step fashion.
It is important in the creative songwriting process to have plenty of ideas. What are some of the ways to go about getting ideas for songs? Let’s take a look at three methods of getting ideas. (more…)
Here are four tips that will help your songwriting career become more successful. First you will need character. Character is about who you are. Second you will need to hustle. This is the amount of effort you put into your work. Third is time management. The ability to control what you do and when is vital to your success. Finally, the fourth thing is risk taking. Playing it too safe can destroy or even stall your progress. Include these skills into your strategy for a successful songwriting career and you’ll move forward faster than you ever dreamed! (more…)