Let’s look at the word SONGWRITING for a minute. The dictionary meaning of the word is the “… writing the music and words of songs.”
Now that should give us a clue but I think the definition it goes deep enough. I reckon the meaning of the word SONGWRITING should be something like…
“The process in which a song is created using words and melody”
The word itself is comprised of two words, song and writing. The song part is the end result of a process and the writing part is the process itself.
Get it… Without the writing there is no song.
It seems like a simple concept doesn’t it? But it’s amazing how many songs aren’t written. They are started but never finished.
You see, you can talk all you like about verses, choruses, middle-eights, bridges, pre-choruses, the length of the intro and hooks and so on but without the physical activity of writing the song, all of that theory is meaningless.
Introducing the Songwriting Process
Personally, songwriting is much, much more than the song itself. The act of writing a song is a whole process in itself. It’s a discipline, a meditation and for me, a way of life.
Without a songwriting process, a song (being the end result of the process) would not exist at all.
If we, as songwriters didn’t have our own songwriting process, then all of our thoughts, feelings and songwriting ideas will become random, haphazard and lacking in organisation.
How would you be able to maintain a creative and sustainable songwriting environment with all that disorganisation going on?
Pablo Picasso once said that “… inspiration exists, but it has to find you working” and I think that sums everything I’ve been trying to say in this post nicely.
In future posts I’ll be writing about how you can create, adopt and manage your own songwriting process and in turn write more songs rather than just waiting for inspiration to come your way. Plus, I’ll be giving you insights as to how I write my songs.
What does songwriting and the process involved in writing a song mean to you? Feel free to let me know as we all have something to learn from each other.