Saturday Songwriting: The Axis Of Awesome

Over the weekend I finished reading Jeff Tweedy’s “How to Write One Song.” He talks a lot about disappearing while writing a song, (or performing). How in a way, that’s the goal of the work. That, and connecting with ourselves and others through the work.  

Talk about contradictory goals, disappearing and connecting. Yet, I fully agree. Both are true. We can be “there,” while being “not there.” We can be focused and disappear.  

Anyway, his talking about disappearing prompted this: 

Process is like a hunt, or bird watching–you have to disappear, become invisible, transparent for a rare song or thought to appear. 

You also have to travel into the woods. The woods are the process. You have to adventure into the wilds of writing, or the tall grass of potential ideas to see something wild and untamed. 

Our everyday mind, banging hammers and wrenches won’t do it. That mind runs its metal mug up and down the steel bars of its perceived boredom, its jail cell. But the bars aren’t really there. 

To make them disappear, we have to disappear our mind. We disappear our mind by focusing on the work. It’s a weird kind of alchemy. 

Our hungry mind, just wants to eat now. It’s impatient. Our spirit mind, has forgotten it is hungry–or rather, it’s focused on the hunt instead of waiting for momma bird to deliver a meal. 

This week’s Musical idea talks about the Axis of Awesome. 

I think I cover everything I need to between the video and the sheet, but if anything’s confusing, give me a holler. 


The Prompt:

Here’s a link to Anastasia Trusova’s art. Find out more about Anastasia’s work here.

The Musical Idea:

Here’s a downloadable pdf of the worksheet above:

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