Songwriting

The Bird of Intent

The other day I wrote about starting intentionally (and stopping intentionally as well).

Today, I read this from Seth Godin’s Blog

Standing at my desk this summer, it had just turned 10 am, and I realized that I’d already:

Heard from an old friend, engaged with three team members on two continents, read 28 blogs across the spectrum AND found out about the weather and the news around the world.

Half my life ago, in a similar morning spent in a similar office, not one of those things would have been true.

The incoming (and our ability to create more outgoing) is probably the single biggest shift that computers have created in our work lives. Sometimes, we subscribe or go and fetch the information, and sometimes it comes to us, unbidden and unfiltered. But it’s there and it’s compounding.

One option is to simply cope with the deluge, to be a victim of the firehose.

Another is to make the problem worse by adding more noise and spam to the open networks that we depend on.

A third might be, just for an hour, to turn it off. All of it. To sit alone and create the new thing, the thing worth seeking out, the thing that will cause a positive change.

As I finished reading this, I flashed on the thought “That thing could be a song.” That’s when the magpies in my head started piping up singing; “Songs add to the noise!  Aren’t there enough songs already?” 

They’re right of course. There are too many songs in the world, a daunting desultory deluge of ditties. But one worth seeking out? One that will cause a positive change? That takes intent.   

Likely more than an hour of intent. But much like Anne Lamott’s famously bother had to work his project bird by bird, the hours of my intent have to perch themselves one after another to write a song which worth another’s seeking.

A song which will make a change requires intent.

Music Theory, Songwriting, The Muse, Writing

Saturday Songwriting: Caged Lioness

A few days ago, I was checking out Jake Lizzio’s video (from Signals Music Studio) looking at the chord progression of Bruno Mars’s “When I Was Your Man.” It’s a cool video, and the song has some great changes to explore. And like pretty much all music theory, it can be a little intimidating if you don’t know the jargon.   The cool thing is, BEAD Guides Chord Flow can show the principles guiding the song, no jargon needed.  

The Prompt:

Here’s a link to Stefano Bonazzi’s Art

The Musical Idea:

Jake Lizzio explains “When I Was Your Man.”

Here’s a downloadable pdf of the worksheet above:

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Songwriting, The Song Well, Tunesday

Tunesday: Nov 17th: My Mother’s Necklace

Every Tunesday I post a boldly imperfect, one-take song draft of a song. This was written during the Fearless Challenge a year ago in November. The prompt was, “My Mother’s Necklace” (You can receive a new prompt most Fridays and find out more about the Fearless Songwriting Challenge by signing up for my mailing list here).

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The sun’s not up but it’s acoming
The night’s still dark but it’s arunning

& I’m awaiting on the light
Can’t hardly wait to see that sight

Been feeling like I’m going crazy
Clear blue sky they’re calling hazy

They’ll break a window just to call it broke
They’ll set a fire so they can yell out smoke

The night’s been long but not much longer
The night’s been long but not much longer

I see the dawning of the light
And good goddamn what a pretty sight

Songwriting, The Song Well, Tunesday

Tunesday: Nov 9th: Broken Windows

Every Tunesday I post a boldly imperfect, one-take song draft of a song. This was written from the Fearless Challenge’s Day 1 prompt, “Broken Windows” (You can receive a new prompt most Fridays and find out more about the Fearless Songwriting Challenge by signing up for my mailing list here).

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The sun’s not up but it’s acoming
The night’s still dark but it’s arunning

& I’m awaiting on the light
Can’t hardly wait to see that sight

Been feeling like I’m going crazy
Clear blue sky they’re calling hazy

They’ll break a window just to call it broke
They’ll set a fire so they can yell out smoke

The night’s been long but not much longer
The night’s been long but not much longer

I see the dawning of the light
And good goddamn what a pretty sight

Songwriting, The Song Well, Tunesday

Tunesday: Nov 3rd: It’s Shadow Shall Appear

Every Tunesday I post a boldly imperfect, one-take song draft of a song. This was written from this past Saturday’s prompt, “It’s Shadow Shall Appear” (You can receive a new prompt every Friday in time for Happy Hour by signing up here).

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