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Spontaneity is great.....for a moment. Then the work begins

Updated: Apr 15, 2019


The greatest challenge to an aspiring songwriter has nothing to do with songwriting.

Nothing to do with songwriting. I know.

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The challenge is creativity.

The teaching of creativity involves three stages. They are:

1. Emulation

2. Rebellion

3. Simplification.

When we ‘Emulate’, we copy the work of others. The Beatles first hits were covers of Chuck Berry songs.

By ‘Rebellion’ here, I mean breaking rules. Tear apart convention. Write a song that is nine minutes long, the words don’t rhyme, and there is only one chord change.

It’s a concept. Stay with me here.

When we Simplify, we edit our songs to their most fundamental form. John Lennon’s, “Imagine” is an example.

I use these three stages to inspire creativity.

At the end of the day, it works for music, for art, for work, for life.

Don’t worry if this sounds too abstract to grasp. When I speak live, I use pie charts and graphs.,

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