It's all about tension.

Updated: Apr 16, 2019

Tension Resolution

Tension Resolution


All creativity can be summarized by the manipulation of Tension and Resolution. Understand that tension is a tool, and it is seminal.

I expect my students to write a lot of songs.

I expect my students to devote meticulous attention to detail. I challenge them to write thirty, (yeah, 3-0), songs per year that are complete, and ready for the marketplace.

Before you declare to the world that you have written a hit, please stop and ask yourself these questions.

Will this creation have relevance for me tomorrow?

What do I wish I could have changed?

Does it convey my truth?

What is the response of your first audience…family, friends, peers? That immediate response is significant.

If I ever get your songs, you can be sure I will ask these questions.

By the way, while we are on the subject of response to your work - songwriting competitions don’t count. They just don’t. Sorry.

Was the initial response positive? Now you can move on.

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