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  • Songwriting 'antenna'

    Every now and then I'll be doing something extremely prosaic and a song will come to me

    'Osama Bin Laden's Dead' came to me as I was having a bath one evening

    It's like there are songs floating around in the aether just waiting to be 'grabbed' by an unseen antenna

    Any of you guys experience this, or am I going insane?


    a selection of my songs: https://soundcloud.com/songwriter101

    my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SaulTiberiusNads

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    Here's the Osama Bin Laden song, by the way

    http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10625312


    a selection of my songs: https://soundcloud.com/songwriter101

    my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SaulTiberiusNads

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    • #3

      I get what I call pregnant with a song.   All of a sudden I'll just know there's a song in there, I just have to go through the "labor".  Often I won't even have the beginnings of a melody or mood or anything at all specific, but I still just "know".

       

      nat whilk ii

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      • MarkydeSad
        MarkydeSad commented
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        nat whilk II wrote:

        I get what I call pregnant with a song.   All of a sudden I'll just know there's a song in there, I just have to go through the "labor".  Often I won't even have the beginnings of a melody or mood or anything at all specific, but I still just "know".

         

        nat whilk ii


        That's a good analogy. I know exactly what you mean


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      It usually comes on me suddenly and can flit away quickly if I can't address it. The good songs will often sort of assemble themselves in my subconscious and then, if I'm lucky, it all comes out pretty coherently onto the page. But if I have to work at it, it usually shows... I know all about the proper ratio of perspiration to inspiration, but it seems like the more work I put in, the more workmanlike the result. If you know what I mean. 



      music and social stuff | The Forgotify Files | A Year of Songs | mutant pop on facebook | roots acoustic on facebook


      The chorus seems a little weak... I think it needs more lasers.

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      • philbo
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        I wake up a couple times a night with some new melody and lyrics banging around in my head wanting to be written down.  I capture maybe 1 or 2% of these.  

        Sometimes one will get stuck in my head for a couple weeks, with the details (counter-melodies, bass parts, bridges; etc.) slowly pulling themselves together over that period.  After letting it stew like this for another week, I have to write it out so I can get it out of my head, and be able to move on with my life.   They're sort of like ear-worms, but in a good way (usually).

         


      • MarkydeSad
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        blue2blue wrote:

        It usually comes on me suddenly and can flit away quickly if I can't address it. The good songs will often sort of assemble themselves in my subconscious and then, if I'm lucky, it all comes out pretty coherently onto the page. But if I have to work at it, it usually shows... I know all about the proper ratio of perspiration to inspiration, but it seems like the more work I put in, the more workmanlike the result. If you know what I mean. 


        Indeed. But I go further. If a song is taking too long to write, I abandon it and move on to the next

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