A songwriter has to be open for inspiration to come from anywhere. For me, this morning, it came from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. In it was an article written by songwriter Heather Holley. In the article, Holley explains how she, Rob Hoffman, and Christina Aguilera wrote the song, “Soar” on Aguilera’s Stripped CD (purposefully not providing a link).
To be clear, I’m not endorsing Christina Aguilera and I’m not familiar with this song. Not knowing this song actually works in my favor. In a nutshell, the article discusses the writing process experienced by the three writers. I read up to the point where they settled on a theme, the statement they wanted to leave with her fans. I stopped, closed the paper, and thought: “quick, how would I write this if I were in the room?”
I quickly drafted a two verse lyric, pre-chorus, and chorus. I’m not saying it was better than theirs (I still haven’t heard their song or seen the lyric). But it felt fantastic to write with a clear purpose.
Recently, I read an interview with Loretta Lynn in American Songwriter magazine. She speaks of how she simply wrote what she knew. It certainly worked for her. But, I’ve found that when I’m stuck and feel like I have nothing left to say, it can help “unclog” the creative spicket to put myself in someone else’s shoes. Take a stab at it yourself.
Question: How do you keep the creative juices flowing?
- Soaring With Christina Aguilera (online.wsj.com)