|This months’ newsletter focuses on yet another way LifeJournal can be a tool for creativity. Peek behind the scenes of how singer-songwriter Lafe Dutton has used LifeJournal as his songwriting partner in the article below. I bet his article will give you ideas about your own creative projects!
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Using LifeJournal for Songwriting
Like any fiction writing, there are many ways to write songs: lyrics first, music first, outlining, building off a title and so on. Before she ever recorded for herself, Carly Simon used to work for a New York publisher, shlepping into the Manhattan Brill building on Broadway for an hourly wage packing a heart full of hope.
“Every day we squeezed into our respective cubby holes with just enough room for a piano, a bench, and maybe a chair for the lyricist if you were lucky. You’d sit there and write and you could hear someone in the next cubby hole composing a song exactly like yours.” (Carly Simon, quoted in The Sociology of Rock by Simon Frith.)
I clump songwriters into two groups: those who write for others, and those who write for themselves. The first group listens to top 40 radio, analyzes the all important first two lines of popular songs (Think about your three favorite songs right now: how much information is there in the first two lines?), and writes the title of the song first.
The second group, which includes Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and most singer-songwriters, write from pure inspiration: an overheard snatch of conversation, a melody line that won’t go away, an entire verse that writes itself in the shower or on the back seat of an aging taxi to who-cares-where.
“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.”—Rita Mae Brown
“Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.”—Pablo Picasso
” I will tell you what I have learned myself. For me, a long five or six mile walk helps. One must go alone and every day.”—Brenda Ueland