The Spring Buds of Songwriting

Handful Of Soil And Flower Buds

Spring has sprung. The forsythia is in full flower, the daffodils are delightfully bright and everywhere buds are starting to bloom.

For me, however, songwriting is decidedly still experiencing the winter blahs. For the first time in years, I’ve written nothing — literally, not one lyric — since┬ábefore autumn leaves started to gently drift to the ground.

True, I’ve been quite busy. There was the new album I recorded in October and released in January. There have been the many gigs, near and far, as well as radio promotion and booking efforts. Oh, and course there’s my day job as a freelance marketing writer — after a couple of months of doing nothing but music, I had to get my *%$#& together and make some real money, pronto.

Still, I miss songwriting. I’ve got a bunch of new melodies on tap and nothing to show for it lyrically. I don’t like it. I don’t feel like myself this way. I feel like I’ve been hibernating and running at top speed at the same time. I want to slow down, smell the scent of spring, and start singing new songs.

So, I’m hoping for the rebirth of my songwriting this season, like the rebirth of everything else during this season…the flowers, the trees, the grass. The buds of what will turn into summertime blooms are just starting to reach up to the sun and the sky. I hope I can start to reach and stretch into a new season of songwriting after many months of creative slumber.

How about you? Is your songwriting ready to spring to life?


The Songwriting Cycle: Getting Stuck…and Unstuck

Writers Block

This is a guest post by Rob Lytle:

One of the major challenges that any writer faces is the need to be inspired – and the need to just keep working. Songwriting is a complex stew of ingredients, but one thing I know for certain is that writing generates more writing.

Ideas generate other ideas

In other words, using the machinery all the time is very important. I write something almost every single day. A snippet – or a complete song. It is truly amazing what you can do when you put the work in and act with intention.

That said, I am personally often in a position where I KNOW that I have a part of a song that is a keeper, but I also know it is not finished. The conventional wisdom in such situations is to buckle down and complete the song – and I often do. I put words on the page that complete the basic structure of the story or moment. But I know when the lines ring false or the song just does not work.

I think that is often when many songwriters give up.

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