Issue No. 012
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In This Issue...
1. Immerse Yourself Emotionally in Your Songwriting
Allow yourself to really feel what you're writing about
2. Inspired Quote of the Month
A little shot of inspiration to keep you going through those dry spells!
Immerse Yourself Emotionally in Your Songwriting
This may seem like an obvious tip, but if a particular subject doesn't touch you in some way how can you expect it to touch someone else?
Don't write a song if you can’t bring yourself to feel any real emotion on the subject. Don’t write it because you think it could make you money, be a hit, win a contest or whatever. Don’t write it because you think that’s what is expected of you.
Write it because you genuinely want to. You must be able to infuse it with feeling. If you’ve experienced a painful breakup (most of us have) and you want to write about it, go for it.
But here’s the catch: You must make sure you really allow yourself to feel the way you did when it was all going down. That powerful emotion is the key. It’s what makes the lyric come to life.
This is not an easy thing to do. There are memories we would rather not face. Emotions we would prefer not to re-live.
Re-living the Pain
Remembering something heavy that happened is quite different from actually re-living it. Re-living it requires us to pull off the scab to expose the deep wound that still exists beneath the surface. It’s painful. It hurts.
You may cry your eyes out all over again. You may find yourself reaching for the coping mechanisms and crutches that you believed helped you get through it in the first place. Some of those may not be good for you. Re-living the experience may not be good for you.
But it will be good for the song.
You Must Feel the Part
Think of an actor playing a role in a movie. It’s not enough for her to merely play the part; she must feel the part. If she doesn’t it’s not going to work. When you watch behind the scenes footage you see she was really crying during that scene and people will say half-jokingly “Are you okay?”
Because, no she’s not okay. She’s so immersed in the role that it is having a very real effect on her.
This is how you must be when you are writing an emotionally powerful song. You must feel the part. Only then will you pour out your heart and write a song that will have a profound effect on other people, as well as yourself.
The deepest, most powerful songs are always written in this fashion. That’s what is meant by the words “from the heart”.
Write your next song from the heart.
Inspired Quote Of The Month
"There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music." - George Eliot (1819-80)
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