Misconceptions About Creativity
It’s not something that just comes in a dream. You’ve got to work at it.
There seems to be this truly unfortunate misconception about the arts.
I think many of the creative streams are viewed as hobbies or pastimes rather than Real Work. (I saw you smirking right there!)
It’s quite saddening, really, knowing that, and thinking of all the talent, skill, emotion, time and energy that go into creative activities.
Fair enough, I’m probably not an objective participant in this discussion.
However, even things I probably also view more as a pastime (e.g. mosaic) take an immense amount of preparation, thought, energy and dedication.
And disturbed fingertips.
Songwriting 101A: How Not To Write A Song
All is Fair in Love and Songwriting
The above quotation (Norah Jones) just made me smile. I’ve recently started sculpting a song, along with my new singing teacher. The chorus melody as well as some of the words popped into my head while driving one day. Paranoid Me was quick to belt it out and record it on my mobile before it disppeared into the night, never to be heard again, or even be dreamt of.
I’ve tried to write songs before. I would write lyrics but get stuck without a decent melody.
Here are some tried and tested ways that will not help you to write a melody:
1) Bashing Your Head Against A Table.
Try it. Have you? Did you write a melody? That’s what I thought.