Like most people, I have a cabinet under the bathroom sink with all sorts of over the counter pills and potions, lineaments and lotions, band aids and bandages for basic first aid. Now, I can't use them all at once, or nor can any of them fix something really serious or deep seated. But they can sort out simple cuts and sprains and infections. Well, at the risk of labouring the metaphor, I've put together some free guides you can download to help you to 'cure' really common simple song ailments. Please, help yourself! And don't forget to tell me what worked for you. Or didn't. I'm all ears!
Pain Relief for Songwriters
There's the song, and then there's the songwriter. Here's some tactics to help you improve your writing process and craft. It doesn't have to be painful! You can definitely make yourself more comfortable as a songwriter and get in the best space you can to write better songs. Help yourself!
Here's a health check up list you run over your song. If you can honestly tick all the boxes, you've got nothing to worry about. Hooray! A sure fire hit! If you're wavering over any of the things covered, then there might be something to attend to.
Oh - but you can't touch my song - it's finished. I'll have to start from scratch. I can't think how to change it. I can't rewrite the words/chords/tune'. Wah wah wah!! Why not? What's the worst thing that can happen? Your original song already exists! A rewrite doesn't make it disappear in a puff of smoke! But if you're actually serious about wanting to get better at writing songs, then you have to figure out how to rewrite your work too. Here's how to start.
Setbacks, writer's block, band bust ups, rejection notes, the 'get-a-real-job-club', blank page syndrome and sometimes outright boo-ing can be a very real part of songwriting life. Here's some common downers for songwriters and how to overcome them.
Try our free email support system. Send me your song ( mp3 or link + a lyric sheet) for 'diagnosis' and I'll email you back you a 'first aid prescription'! You don't have to like the 'medicine' but an independent view may show up some issues and offer some remedies.