Writing what is close to your heart

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Writing what is close to your heart

Postby paulrace » Tue May 24, 2016 1:13 pm

Now, not every "emo" song that wears the narrator's emotions on it's sleeve is good or even listenable. But there is something about writing a song about something that has affected you deeply - often you learn that a number of folks in the room understand exactly where you're coming from because they've had similar experiences.

Sondheim was once asked how he managed to address so many themes that were so personal, and yet so universal. He said something like, if you write out what you feel deeply, you'll discover that many other people have felt the same thing, and are glad you put it into words for them.
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Re: Writing what is close to your heart

Postby paulrace » Tue May 24, 2016 1:14 pm

Not EXACTLY on the subject, but Marty Dodson has an article about not beating yourself to death trying to make a song work that isn't really "doing it" for you.

http://songtown.com/write-what-inspires-you/

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