Do you know how hard it is to write a song? Ha, trick question because, at least for me, it has a crazy wide range of answers. I wrote one this morning that I’m really pleased with, but it came out of the blue and took me about 10 minutes to write it. And yet, the other day I finished a song that I started nearly eight years ago!
Sometimes it starts with a melody and sometimes it starts with the lyrics. One thing I do know is I can never duplicate the process. I can only let the song tell me what it wants of me. Okay, that might sound a little overly mystical. But in all reality that’s kind of what it feels like.
The hardest part for me is to let that song speak to me, but then have the followthrough to give it it’s full voice. In other words, it’s up to me to take the inspiration when I get it and then put in the work to bring it to fruition. But there’s definitely no rhyme (pun intended!) or reason to it, at least not for me.
I think that’s one of the things I love about songwriting. There’s no set pattern or recipe. It could take minutes, hours, days, months, etc. to finish a song. Or I may never finish it. Or I might “finish” it but constantly wonder if it is actually complete. It can be frustrating and exciting and awe inspiring.
One thing I know for sure is I am constantly drawn to it, like a waves to the shore. I’ve been writing songs since I was 15 years old. And I have never once tired of it or wanted to stop. In fact, even the moments I have wanted to “quit” on songwriting, it wouldn’t quit on me! I’ve “walked away” from it, saying “I’m done with you,” only to find lyrics popping up in my head days, if not hours or even minutes, later. I can’t quit it, no matter what I try. And I’m really glad that it won’t quit me.