Scribbling words onto a sheet of paper beats any other pastime bar one I can think of – and the good thing is you won’t wear yourself out doing it! You might go mad- but what the hell………..And while it’s hard to tell whether what you’re doing is good bad or indifferent- the trick is to keep going regardless.
writing, it’s pretty
hard to fake
The one thing that does beat scribbling down words though …. Is sitting at a piano searching for that elusive series of notes required to place around the words you’ve written. But that’s restricted to time, place, & mood etc, so can’t be done as easily. And unlike writing, it’s pretty hard to fake like I frequently did in a former life. I used to regularly sit in on work related meetings –and the time flew instead of dragged because most of the time I was trying to write something totally unrelated to the situation/scenario around me.
This website includes include a number of songs and poems. Usually, poems result from something I consider humorous or absurd- while song writing is reserved for the more serious observations.
Songs usually come in one of 3 forms.
- I observe someone –some/people doing something and it becomes an idea interesting enough to write about- from their position.
- For no obvious reason I often get a line or phrase in my head that remains while playing the piano- but that’s all- just a snippet,… and I decided long ago when that happens to stick with the line -everything that follows has to fit around that line-and…
- both lyrics and music just arrive with a rush. Method two is probably the most common- and probably requires the most effort.