How To Have Fun While Writing Songs

“Do not let the critic become bigger than the creator," says Randy Newman.

[caption id="attachment_203107" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Randy Newman just wants to have fun. Photo by Pamela Springsteen[/caption] One of the chief challenges for any serious songwriter is not to get derailed. As almost every legendary songwriter has explained, the only true way to stay connected to the source is by continuing to do it. By always writing songs, songwriters keep their creative wheels rolling, and their creative muscles flexed, so as not to essentially start over each time. But how to do this? How to stay creatively engaged with your songwriting? One way is to remember that songs arise from joy. Even if the songwriter is writing a sad song, the ability and inclination to write a song is a joyful one, connected as it is to the ancient, mysterious force we know as music. Musicians do not work music. We play music. It’s all about play, that state natural to all children, but from which adults can easily disconnect. So be playful, and make up games that trigger new songs. And have fun playing these games, essentially taking yourself off the hook, to paraphrase Loudon Wainwright III. By which he means to make no demands on your creative psyche. “Do not…

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