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"How I Write Songs. Chapter 173"
This may sound strange to some,
but it's the way I work.
I try to avoid all formulas,
where the title should be,
where the bridge should be,
should it be a story song or a singalong,
what is the right tempo for 24 hour programming,
what words or chords are most used in hits,
what subject makes most hits,
iis a long or short title best,
and so on.
To me that's like working crossword puzzles.
It's all left brain.
The right brain is where the creativity happens.
I can't design a song like a piece of machinery,
I even had to toss out all rhyming dictionaries.
They are limiting to me.
Some of the best rhymes are imperfect,
and those aren't in the books.
With a rhyming dictionary
I started to write from the rhyme words,
instead of writing from ideas.
To me it was another connect the dots game.
The old left brain started trying to “devise” a song
by connecting the rhymes.
I never got anything but mediocre songs from it.
The left, logical side of the brain
will take over at every opportunity.
I think of the song as already written.
All I have to do is get through to it
and write it down.
The song mood I have in mind gets it started,
and then each line writes the one after it.
I'm not giving advice,
in case it might be of help to somebody.
Copyright © 2003, Feb. 9, 2005 Jack Blanchard. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission.