Its a tricky tricky activity and I feel like its almost impossible to pin down an exact universal method for it. The truth of the matter is that lacing together a few chords, lyrics, and melodies is an easy thing to do. What’s hard is doing it in a way that’s honest and real - that’s the potentially agonizing part. Even more overwhelming is the unpredictability of the inspiration that is coupled with it - I’ve heard cases where a song just falls out of the Heavens and is written in a matter of minutes while another can take years of mental blood, sweat, and tears to write. After going through this process firsthand, I understand now that it’s really no wonder why some songwrtiers/artists would hate to compromise their art for any reason, be they commercial or other.
I think I just want to say is that, yes, I have at long last written a full song. I don’t have the that definitive feeling of ‘it is done’ so I don’t want to say that it is a completed song. However, I feel like the necessary traits needed for it to be classified as a full song are there (kinda like how in elementary school science class, we learned that in order for an animal to be a mammal it had to have warm blood, hair, live births, etc.). I will probably revisit the different pieces of its anatomy, see how phrasing can be altered, lyrics rearranged or re-worded, dynamic shifts, etc. Or I could very well determine that the idea has run its course and place it upon a shelf of completed thoughts. To be honest, I’m not even sure if its any good.
But at the end of the day, I have a song.
And that’s pretty awesome. I think I would like to do it again.