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What's your typical songwriting process?

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I thought there was a thread about this but didn't see any.


Some people like to "practice" songwriting on a regular basis. I can't do that, or won't. For me this is art so very much a stream of consciousness thing. When it hits me, it hits me. Often things came to me when driving back and forth to work...I had about a 40 min drive and much of it was lightly-traveled back roads, so it was a good way and time to do it. Then covid hit and that was that but just as well as I have plenty of backlog to work on. 


Then there's the less fun part, trying to hack it out on the keyboard as I'm much more of a lyricist than a performer...but the lyrics almost always come first. 

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I have lots of "starts" or small parts of songs. 

Sometimes a song comes to me and I write the entire song in a few minutes. 

Other times, I will have everything done but there will be one word or one line that I feel could be better. 


I am not consistent but I am consistently inconsistent.  I would have to say that I don't have a typical songwriting process. 

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It took a chunk of my life to get here and I am still not sure where "here" is.
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  • 2 weeks later...

You both summed it up for me very well :)  


On a few rare occasions, a song came to me and I wrote the entire song in a quick flurry. To me that was such a gift! I question if it will ever happen again but glad it did at least happen a few times. 


As for there will be one word or one line that I feel could be better, that describes every song I ever wrote lol - I am a hopeless critic/tinkerer

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