‘Technical’ Songwriting

Jul 04, 2018, 10:13 AM

Here’s a brief article about your ‘internal editor’ and when to turn it on and off, from BMI’s “The Weekly” newsletter. You can sign up for its weekly discussion of such matters.

https://www.bmi.com/news/entry/when-to-turn-on-iand-i-turn-ioff-i-your-internal-songwriting-editor?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Weekly 73&utm_content=Weekly 73+Version+A+CID_71ad01cbf8a4afe1fe645a47e909a049&utm_source=Email marketing software&utm_term=SEE MORE

I ‘edit’ a Song in the writing process and often wish I could capture all the things I edit out to get to the finished product to show that process to others, words I try and reject, Melody tweaks that made the Rhythmic flow work better, or enabled better enunciation, or enhanced the ‘hook factor’ of the Melody. The ‘editing’ is spontaneous and I’m more focused on what I’m keeping than what I’m editing out.

The article is focused on not letting the ‘editor’ get in the way of the ‘creative flow’. In ‘brainstorming’ the rule is to throw ideas onto the ‘table’ without judging them. The ‘editor’ can ‘judge’ later. In the creative moment the important thing is to let the ideas flow freely so you can take a Lyric or Melody where it might not go if you or a co-writer are constantly shepherding things between narrow lines.

There will always be another song to be written. Someone will write it. Why not you? http://www.garyeandrews.com

Gary E. Andrews Joined Apr 12, 2005
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