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January 29th, 2019 by John Pape
June 12th, 2018 by John Pape
When a songwriter wants to write a song, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
- Is it the words?
- The melody?
- The rhythm?
A great songwriter knows that it is none of these things. It all comes down to the spirit of the song. The reason why the songwriter is writing the song in the first place. The purpose or meaning behind it. The message it communicates. The feeling it cultivates. What I hope to present to you today are 7 smart ways to integrate mindfulness into your songwriting
These are the drivers of a great songwriter. He or she knows that everything exists in the mind and heart. Most of the great songs you hear today would not come to existence if they had no meaning or purpose behind them. This is the reason why as a great songwriter, you need to cultivate mindfulness into your songwriting. Cultivating mindfulness means being aware of what is around you. Once you do this, everything about the song just falls into place. (more…)
March 27th, 2018 by John Pape
One of our reader’s asked the following question:
What is the best way to start writing lyrics?
I really appreciate the chance to answer readers questions. One think I believe is helpful is many questions are never asked. Since that never are asked there is no opportunity to answer them. That is why I like reader questions. Many times the question asked could be the one that will help you with your songwriting efforts.
There are several ways to start writing lyrics. I will do my best to explore each one. Hopefully it will inspire you to write many songs. (more…)
November 14th, 2017 by John Pape
The following steps can be used in nearly any creative activity especially in the songwriting creative process. It is a basic road map to follow that will provide greater clarity in the creation of your next song.
Identify the Topic
The beginning of the the creative process requires that you pinpoint the main topic want to express. As a artist you want to express your ideas, beliefs and thought to your audience. Having a clear picture of the topic makes it easier to come up with viable working ideas. (more…)
February 22nd, 2013 by John Pape
A bad song is worse than silence. There are songs you’ve heard where you couldn’t wait for them to finish. Chances are they were dull and boring. That is why it is important to compose songs that are interesting and engaging. In this article you will learn 5 thing To be a successful songwriter.
Crafting a good song requires more than writing lyrics grammatically correct or correct word order. There are certain rules you need to consider when writing a song. Understand this, the primary objective with any song is to engage the listener. Fortunately, there are several tools and apps you can use to keep from sounding dull. Here are five different methods you can use to improve you songwriting skills. (more…)
January 24th, 2013 by John Pape
Many successful songs are written with a team of songwriters. It is very rare to find someone who writes alone. Collaboration provides a powerful synergy that helps create better songs. This is why you need to be a better collaborator. Taking the time and effort with this skill will pay dividend in these areas artistic, profession as well as social skills. These ideas can be used on a daily basis even outside the realm of artistic endeavors. Here are some tips on how to be a better songwriting collaborator: (more…)
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…)