Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Songwriting and blogwriting: Sometimes even writing once a month can be difficult

Gee, it's almost the end of February and I haven't once found time to blog. Fortunately, I have a perfect topic for this evening - the process of trying to write.

I was honoured to be invited to facilitate a songwriting workshop this past weekend. It was a fun one, intended to demystify the process a little and open up some space for the participants to write a song from wherever they were at. We had about 2 hours to work together, and in that time, a number of the participants created some lyrics or a tune, or part or all of a song.

I think it would be fair to say that some of the participants found the prospect of trying to write a song a little daunting. There is a sense that music-making is reserved for a 'special' subset of the population, not something that can be enjoyed by anyone.

Even those of us who write songs a lot experience times when the well is dry. The important thing, it seems to me, is to keep showing up, heart in hand, to see what is waiting inside us and outside us.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a song today. No pressure. But go for it.

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