Category Archives: Songwriting

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Song In The Making: The Way Around (Stage 2)

About a week and a half ago I recorded the beginning stage of a song in the making called “The Way Around.” Last night, I recorded stage 2. I have written the lyrics to the chorus and added another guitar part. The lyrics are influenced by my current lifestyle: Juggling a full-time job, running my website, writing songs, and maintaining a social life.

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Song In Progress: The Way Around (Stage 1)

I have decided to try something new. Instead of waiting until I am completely finished with a song, I will show you a song I have been working on. I plan to write lyrics and add background music, as well as possibly changing around the overall structure a bit, if necessary.

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Writing the “Perfect” Song

I wrote the following entry on April 24, 2008.  I came across it going through some of my old stuff and I realized my viewpoint on songwriting is still very similar.

For a long time I have been wondering whether the songs I write influence the way I live, or if the way I live influences my songs.  On my way home from work today, I was thinking about it and I may have figured it out.  The answer was obvious but I had never thought about it before.  I believe they influence each other.

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Popular Music: Simple Sells

Complexity is a key ingredient in many great musical compositions, but that doesn’t mean it is absolutely necessary to intrigue people.  In fact,  simple compositions with just a few chords are often the ones to become huge hits.  Listeners don’t always choose the music they like based on how impressed they are with the musicianship.  In most instances, the ability to relate or enjoy oneself while listening is what draws in the audience.