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Songwriting as Healing Therapy

February 5th, 2021 by
music education 21st century

One problem with therapy—be it psychological or physical, for mental illness or substance abuse—is that it involves a lot of repetition, so keeping focus and attention can be a problem for some clients. Boredom often results, leading to resistance to and the feeling that therapy sessions are something unpleasant that need to be avoided.

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    There are also intangibles involved in the art of songwriting. One of the most important intangibles is the ‘feel.’ The feel of the music has a lot to do with how we respond to a song. Is your song aggressive, tender, angry, etc.? Don’t just accept the first groove you come up with. Experiment, imitate feels of songs off the radio, ’till you come up with the best one. Too fast or too slow tempo also affects the impact of the song. Ask yourself if your song feels like its dragging. Conversely, ask yourself if it is moving too fast for the words to be sung, enunciated well.