So you’ve been struck with the bug to write music because your significant other just dropped you for the drummer in your old band and you need to get the hurt out! It’s understandable that this would be the natural outlet since you’re the creative sensitive type. However, when you go to put paper to pen your hand cramps up, you get a cold sweat and you think you’re about to get sick. Its writers block and it’s not going to go away until you relax!
One of the first things you need to know in order to write your Magnus Opus is relaxation is the key! If you rush it or schedule time to write it’s a guarantee the outcome will be frustrating and sub par at best. The creative process is supposed to show up at 3:00 in the morning or while you are driving. If you could structure creativity it would be called work, not creativity! When inspiration strikes be prepared to get it down on tape or paper to ensure you don’t lose it. A good tool to use is voice mail. Call yourself and leave a message with the lyrics you’ve just come up with while sitting in traffic. You’ll thank yourself later when you are trying your hardest to remember.
Another great tip to follow is to make the song resemble you. Music is supposed to be an extension of those writing it. There is a reason ZZ Top didn’t name andquot;Cheap Sunglassesandquot; andquot;Sport Sunglassesandquot;. It wouldn’t have fit the little andlsquo;ol’ band from Texas and it would have sounded like something Robert Palmer should have written. If your girl left you for the drummer, that’s what you should write about. The more personal the feelings that you relay in the song the more it will speak to your audience. Neal Young’s voice echoes through time in songs like andquot;Old Manandquot; because he wrote haunting lyrics that possess the power to elicit thought in countless generations spanning just about any nationality. This type of lyrical power has been used by countless song writers and it’s a sure bet that every so often a new song writer will emerge that will be able to harness this power on a regular basis.