Measure For Measure: Get The Latest Free E-Book, “The Rainy Day Songwriting Game”

tumblr_inline_n3rwtdL9Ii1qare65 E-book excerpt: Every songwriter has their share of rainy days. And by that I mean days when the ideas just won’t come. One wasted day can lead to another, so how to escape early, before it becomes a habit. “Take a five-mile walk,” some people say. “Just sit down and write,” say others. “Get a chord progression going and start singing.” There’s a lot of different advice out there, and if any of it works for you, that’s great, but it seldom works for me, because writer’s block is a wily beast (for me, anyway): I stare at the blank page, the blank page stares back, and pretty soon I realize I’d rather be doing crossword puzzles. I play a chord progression and sing, and it sounds like a gaggle of crows sitting on a fence arguing, so I wind up practicing scales or somebody else’s song. At the end of the day, nothing gets done. I take a five-mile walk and somehow find half a dozen chores waiting for me when I get back, and then a movie, and then I’m cooking dinner and doing the dishes pretty soon it’s Monday and my endorphins are all gone, along with my plan to write a song. And what about the folks who can’t even walk to the mailbox, let alone five miles. Writer’s block is hard to beat. What I’m going to suggest here is a way to beat it — not by fighting it, but by going with it. If your mind would rather be doing crossword puzzles, well then, give it what it wants: word puzzles. Sneak in some harmony and melody, and pretty soon you’ve tricked yourself into doing some songwriting. That’s the idea behind the creative challenge at the end of the Mar/Apr 2016 column on Lucinda Williams, which went like... Sign In to Keep Reading

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