5 ways to get a song going and keep it fresh

Martin Child of Oxfordshire band The August List shares his five tips on how to keep those creative juices flowing

These are some pretty good songwriting tips here all reflecting on the element of play and experimentation to get results. Worth a read 🙂

Source: 5 ways to get a song going and keep it fresh – Songwriting Magazine

How and Why to Keep a Listening Journal

A listening journal is a tool that will help transform your music listening habits into a source of knowledge and inspiration. Though you can use an actual journal for this purpose, single sheets of paper, a Word document, or a note-taking app on your phone or iPad will all work just fine.

I am a huge fan of journalling as a way to get down your thoughts out of your mind and onto paper.

It’s a great way to collect songwriting ideas but the concept of a listening journal is a new one to me.

I must research this a bit more and report to you all on what I find but this article from SoundFly is a fantastic start

Source: How and Why to Keep a Listening Journal (and a Template to Get You Started) – Soundfly

Any Way Is The Best Way To Write A Song

My opinion has always been this: there is no particular best way to write a song. That’s true in all of the creative arts: there is no process that is necessarily better than any other process.

Having said that, I will add this: the fragment that you initially create — whether that fragment is a chorus hook, a line of catchy lyric, an enticing bit of melody — will tend to get more attention from you than all the other bits you write.

There are many roads that lead to a finished song and there are as many variations of the songwriting process as there are songwriters in the world.

Any way is the best way to write a song…

Source: The Best Way | The Essential Secrets of Songwriting