As a songwriter, I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons over the years. And let me tell you, if I could go back in time and give my younger self some advice, I would have saved myself a lot of frustration and heartache. Here are five things I wish I knew when I started songwriting:
1. Songwriting is a journey, not a destination.
When I first started out, I thought I would be able to crank out hit songs within a few weeks. Ha! Boy was I wrong. Songwriting is a journey, and it takes time, practice, and persistence to really hone your craft. So don’t get discouraged if you’re not an overnight success – embrace the journey and enjoy the process (or at least try to enjoy it).
2. Collaboration is key.
When I first started songwriting, I was very much a lone wolf. I thought I had to do everything myself, and I was hesitant to collaborate with others. But you know what they say – two heads are better than one! Collaborating with other songwriters can be a powerful tool for improving your songwriting skills and coming up with creative ideas. Don’t be afraid to reach out to other songwriters and collaborate – it can be a fun and rewarding experience.
3. Embrace feedback.
When I first started songwriting, I was very sensitive to feedback and criticism. I took it personally and it often discouraged me. But you know what? Feedback is a gift. It’s an opportunity to improve and grow as a songwriter (or at least it’s an opportunity to prove everyone else wrong). So don’t be afraid to ask for feedback from other songwriters or industry professionals – it can help you become a better songwriter (or at least it will give you something to argue about).
4. Experiment with different genres and styles.
When I first started songwriting, I was very focused on one specific genre and I was afraid to branch out. But you know what they say – variety is the spice of life! Experimenting with different genres and styles can help you expand your musical horizons and find your own unique voice (or at least it will give you something to do when you get bored). Don’t be afraid to try something new – it might just lead you to your next big hit (or at least it will give you some new material to play at your next open mic night).
5. Believe in yourself and your songwriting abilities.
When I first started out, I was plagued by self-doubt and insecurity. I often questioned my own songwriting abilities and I was afraid to put myself out there. But you know what? The key to success is believing in yourself and your talents. Don’t let self-doubt hold you back – have confidence in your songwriting skills and don’t be afraid to share your music with others.
As you embark on your own songwriting journey, remember that it’s a process and it takes time to improve and grow as a songwriter. Don’t get discouraged if you’re not an overnight success – embrace the journey and enjoy the process. And most importantly, never underestimate the power of your own unique voice and perspective. Your songs have the ability to connect with people in a meaningful way and to make a real impact. So don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and share your music with the world – you never know who might be listening and how your words and melodies might inspire and touch them. Keep writing, keep learning, and keep believing in yourself and your songwriting abilities – the sky is the limit!