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TomWard last won the day on April 15 2012

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  1. Interesting David. I don't find writing words on a blank page all that difficult, but I can't imagine "making up" a song. I've tried writing lyrics to existing music, but didn't enjoy it and found it difficult.
  2. "Everything that you've been taught to pursue, has been numbing you from the life I knew, where God is a lie, and life is a fluke" I see the thought working like this, but you need a final line: Everything you've been taught to pursue Has been numbing you to the life you knew When God is a lie And life is a fluke
  3. I've rarely had trouble with a title. Being a lyricist only I often find that I have a title first and simply must write that lyric (or it'll drive me crazy). As an example, a recent one I finished, "Exit Wounds". I've had that title and idea for several months. Knew I wanted to invoke what it means at a crime scene and twist it to be the final breakup of a relationship. And for the longest time could not get the story to come together. Eventally it did, but it was the title that drove me.
  4. I wonder if most of us don't have those in our heads without even realizing it? Patterns of familiar songs as opposed to drum beats along? Comes from listening to a lot of music without understanding the theory behind it.
  5. Not usually. I do try to keep some regular pattern between verses and sometimes when lucky I can feel the rhythm in the words. But I don't have enough musical ability to know what the drum pattern should be.
  6. Not sure if I'm doing this right. Looking at some answers I'm not sure what the pattern is... Down By the River (Neil Young)
  7. Welcome to the forums TomWard :)

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