I honestly think I write and perform songs as good as, if not better than, any "successful" artist/writer.
I have put out some shit too, that I thought was good when I first recorded it. But so has every song-writer that has ever existed. It's part of the process. The difference is, a "big" artist will have a manager or producer that will tell them what they need to scrap before the public gets to hear it. I have to bounce it off people. But my good songs are as awesome as anything.
Maybe my last statement wasn't well thought out;
I suppose we all start writing songs, but when we realize that they're terrible we stop writing them, and.
I don't think I've ever gone "Oh jeez, this song sucks. I must finish it!"
But... what if we have the songwriting chops to write amazing music, but we only write commercial pop music professionally knowing full well that it's terrible?
This might open up a whole new cano o' worms.
Greg brings up a good point "I've started a lot of really bad songs. I recognize that they are crap so I don't finish them."
That is a skill unto itself! Many of the songs I now consider crap seemed good when I wrote then x years ago - but as my skills have improved, I can now look at those songs with a much more discerning view.
Over the years, I've gotten better at assessing if something is crap and pulling the plug - but too often I still try to make a silk purse out of a sows ear. Like many writers I may come up with a good 1st verse or a good chorus, but then struggle to finish the song at the same level of quality. I've started to keep a data base of verses, or even single phrases that I thought were good, but simply could not complete. If I have a period where nothing new is coming to me - I try to go back and work on some of those incomplete pieces.
I find my best writing happens when a character comes to me and askes me to tell thier story - sometimes, it feels like I'm not actually writing, I'm simply taking notes as they talk to me - and then I can later edit the story.
My wife thinks I'm freakin' nuts when I tell her a character has come to me and I have to quickly run off to write down what they want to say .................... but insanity can make for good art!!!!
I'm moving to a new town next month - what will I do without my idea hill?
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