You are making some big assumptions about ‘completeness’ and the evolution of the song.
I start with
Lyrics (sometimes Ch hook, sometimes opening lines)
Beats & Bass.
Sometimes the music will finish before the lyrics; sometimes most of the words are done before I pick up an instrument.
My point is before the song is done the music, lyrics, instrumentation, arrangement, recording and mixing have all influenced each other. I do go through a clinical phase with the lyrics where I check that the ideas are clearly expressed, connected and engaging and on occasions I have completely trashed all the lyrics held onto the music and rewritten lyrics at a latter date. However the music evolved through the original lyrics not as an exercise in musical composition
I do not think I compose in a line – so there is no fwds or bwds – it is more of a lateral process for me.
[QUOTE=dhollmusik;3463888] That is irresponsible posting, and reads like scaremongering.[/QUOTE]