“Songwriters write songs, but they really belong to the listener.”
Ever wrote a song, but it didn’t end up being the song you thought you were writing? Just happened to me again… so I figured I’d use that premise to shoot a new episode of the SongwritingCircle.com podcast 🙂
Ever wrote a song and felt remarkably BORED as you were writing it? Asking yourself, good grief, how many times am I gonna write THIS song? Well, it happened to me, so I stopped and tried to ascertain why I was feeling that way.
I made a list of five things I could do to change it around, and then I wrote a new song…
I share those concepts and the new song in this episode of the podcast.
“Revenge is a really good songwriting weapon.” — John Prine
Oh look! The fifth installment of our podcast is live. The topic, this time? I share my Mt. Rushmore of songwriters, and I hope that you will comment and share yours!
In this episode, I take apart one of my own songs, and I show you, from sharing the personal anecdote that lead to the decision to write the song, how the general tone of the song was selected, and why some specific word/line choices were made…
In this episode, we talk about song structure and we take some examples…
In this episode, I share a song I wrote for the LoFi Decibels band and I take it apart verse by verse to show how it was written. Please subscribe and share!
Well, it’s the first episode, so I’m excited and terrified all in one. But whatever, the idea is to promote songwriting as an art form, as a way to balance life and as a way to add more art into your life and the life of those around you. And hey, we may even end up with some great songs!
In this episode, my goal is to introduce the podcast, and to encourage you / inspire you to write songs.
Episodes to come will feature taking songs apart verse by verse to see what we can learn from them, and also interviews with songwriters about their process and what they learnt.
I hope you’ll find this useful, and that it will inspire you to write songs! Let’s keep the dialog going. I want to learn and hear from you!
Before this song was made famous by Tim McGraw, it was written by the very talented Bruce Robison. His wife Kelly Willis is also featured on the track – and is a fine singer/songwriter herself.
The song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks.