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From what I can tell, I asked a question on Quora a bit less than 3 years ago: How do I become a better songwriter?
In the intervening time I’ve received 8 answers to that question, and most of them fit within what I would have expected. They follow the conventional wisdom on songwriting: practice makes perfect, write and re-write, be an active listener, keep a song diary, etc.
However, the more I think about it, the more I think my question was a bit premature for my situation. What I mean is: I have no business asking how to become a better songwriter, because at this point in time I can barely be called a songwriter at all.
When was the last time I wrote a song, I wondered. Taking a glance at my soundcloud page reveals that I wrote a song about 2 months ago (Prince of Darkness) Okay, that’s something, but barely something. And I’d hardly call “Prince of Darkness” my best work.
Actually, I’ve been having this conversation in my head for over a month. My so-called New Year’s resolution was to write a song every week. I’ve written half of a song in 5 weeks. It’s going about as well as we generally expect resolutions to go.
The difference between me and a good songwriter isn’t that he or she writes good songs. it’s that he or she writes songs
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