Too often I give myself time to write and….I stare and drink and stare some more.It’s tough enough to try to write when I schedule it rather than when the Muse is tugging my shoulder at an inopportune time.I can write anything I want, but what do I want?
I used to write to prove something to myself.Now that I have the confidence that I can, where do I go?
Recently I was in contact with an A&R rep for an established artist and she was looking for material that was poetic, and universal, but avoided all the stuff about rain, tears, soaring on wings.I knew what she didn’t want, but not what she wanted – relationship songs?Urban or ‘natural world’?Personal or songs about “everybody”?
Not much to go on, but I found I had something to focus on, and wrote three lyrics.One a lost love song using some western imagery; one an urban “bad relationship” song; and one just a meditation on a place, without any individual perspective.(None of these are available on my website currently, sorry).All very “poetic” – not conversational or straightforward.
I don’t know whether came closer to the mark or not, but words came more easily, and I felt over my slump.
Deadlines are good.Specifics are good.Assignments are good.
Prize-winning songwriter, still finding the right balance between writing what I want and looking for a niche in the "business".
Mid-40s, heavily influenced by the classic structures of the "Great American Songbook," but intrigued by the collage-like writing of modern indie voices.