Category Archives: Songwriting

Why I Failed At FAWM

This year I only managed to write eight songs instead of fourteen. While the the usual suspects, hubris and illness, played a part, there were other aspects that tripped me up and I think they’re worth noting so I don’t … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Izaak Wierman – Setting Creative Limitations

Izaak Wierman is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, music educator, and songwriter from western U.S.A. I met him through FAWM and asked him about his view on limitations (natural and self-imposed) as a songwriter. There Is Always Some Kind Of System Music is organising … Continue reading

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Matt Blick: Creative Insights Interview

Creative Insights Matt Blick interviewed by Henrique Fogli (originally published on creativegibberish.org) Being a beatlemaniac, an aficionado about the creative process and a music student for about 3 years now made me come across a wonderful jewel on the internet, Beatles Songwriting … Continue reading

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Three Chords And The Truth: The Importance Of ‘Fact Checking’ Your Songs

Many years ago, I heard that legendary guitarist Ry Cooder was going to be doing a live taping at BBCs White City studios. As my sister lives nearby I felt we had a shot of getting a tape right into … Continue reading

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Ruining Songs With Science #3 – Like I Can (Sam Smith)

He could be a lawyer on a witness stand But he’ll never love you like I can, can But if he’s a lawyer he wouldn’t be on the witness stand. He’d be in front of it questioning the witness. Unless … Continue reading

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Filled Up With Bad Songs (Or Craft vs Inspiration Revisited)

Songwriting isn’t easy. Who said it should be? One reason to learn the craft is that we are filled with bad, boring and self indulgent songs that we need to force out before the fresh melodies and lyrics can flow. … Continue reading

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How To Catch A Song Without Killing It

The bad news is – you can’t. I’ve been thinking about the fear I sometimes have of working on a good song. When I’m uninspired the fear and loathing is easy to comprehend. I’m worried that I’m worthless and I … Continue reading

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Noel Gallagher Makes It Weird

I’m a big fan of Pete Holmes‘ spiritual awkward childlike hyperactive interviews. Noel Gallagher is always entertaining. But what I really got out of this interview was Noel talking about not ‘trying’ to write a great song, because that attitude … Continue reading

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Ruining Songs With Science #2 – Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy)

Tonight there’s gonna be a jailbreak Somewhere in the town Tonight there’s gonna be trouble So don’t you be around Call me crazy, but I’ve got this hunch that it might just be AT THE JAIL! And the only people … Continue reading

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Tom Waits On … Kids, Religion And How To Play The Piano

Your kids are not your fans, they’re your kids. The trick is to have a career and have a family. It’s like having two dogs that hate each other and you have to take them for a walk every night. … Continue reading

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