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Do You Write Lyrics On Paper Or On A Computer?


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  1. 1. Where do you write your lyrics?

    • Paper
    • Computer
    • Paper first, then computer
    • Other
    • I don't write lyrics down

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I always keep a note-pad and a pen in my pocket, because I've learned that "inspiration has no memory."  However, I immediately transcribe those snippets of text to a word-processor document.  And, I transcribe those snippets of musical-score to MuseScore files.


Every "moment of inspiration" is pure and therefore precious.  I want to be sure that every "inspiration" gets captured.  ("Grab it, admire it, stick a pin through it, and shove it onto the board.")


However, once that moment has "been captured," it is then that the real work begins.  The digital computer is my indispensible tool at that point:  TextEdit, MuseScore, Logic-Pro-X.

That is so true, inspiration has no memory. I just bought one of the mini voice recorders and it helps me remember the lyric and the melody. The melody is the hardest for me to remember so the recorder works great for me. Fits right in a shirt pocket...

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Yeah, I buy those yellow legal pads, so I don't bump my hand into the binding of a spiral ring notebook. But I also grab whatever's handy.  I have scraps of songs, revised and re-revised lyrics with scribbles and scratches until I can't stand it anymore, then I write it neater on the legal pad.  I like the portability and availability of the paper.  I don't have a laptop and what a bugger to write lyrics on an ipod, so eventually, its entered on the computer (usually hogged by my husband).  I usually print themost current version out and keep it in a three ring binder.  I also start out on the computer typing songs if I've got a good chunk of time I know it will be mine, so I use both.  I record my melody ideas on a handheld recorder and lately a little on my ipod--just melody ideas on my ipod though, not things I post.


I keep some discard ideas/lyric lines in a folder, thinking I might use certain lines in other songs, but rare that I revisit them.

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