Hey, friend! TGIF, am I right? I'm so looking forward to the weekend. It's been a busy week. How was yours? Post in the comments one word that describes your week. I don't know about you, but I've been struggling with songwriting as of late. I started writing music when I was 10. I'm now 26. I've written dozens of songs, but I feel like I'm losing steam nowadays. Can you relate? In this blog post, let's take a look at some ideas to help with getting unstuck with songwriting.
I think one of the best ways to get unstuck is to listen to other people's music. DISCLAIMER: I am NOT encouraging you to steal someone's art. I am encouraging you to listen to other styles of music in order to get inspiration. I know when I listen to some of my favorite artists like Lauren Daigle or Paramore, I hear things I normally wouldn’t have if I was just trying to conjure up my own chord progression or rhythms. Again, DO NOT steal someone’s work. It’s not cool.
Another way to get unstuck is to meditate. Meditation is a good way to empty your mind from all distractions and focus entirely on songwriting. There are so many things vying for our attention nowadays that it makes it difficult to focus on our craft. I recommend taking some deep breaths and center yourself by focusing on the sensations you feel. Feel the clothes on your back, feel the air going in and out of your lungs, etc. It’s really helpful. Post in the comments if meditation is something that helps you too.
This last one might be the best way to get unstuck: Write every day. I know for me this is a hard one because I’m such a perfectionist. I want all my songs to make sense and sound nice, but let’s be real, that’s not going to happen. I’m talking to you and me at the same time. Write daily, even if it’s garbage. Hans Zimmer, one of my favorite composers of all time, writes every day. He’s a very successful musician and he still writes daily. If he does it, then shouldn’t we? Just a thought.
I hope you found this blog post to be helpful. Post in the comments a takeaway.