songwriting

sometimes i drive around in my car, going nowhere just to listen to the same song over and over again to figure out why I like it so much. I drive around in circles in nashville all the time just playing one song over and over.. sometimes I drive past my house just to keep listening bc I don't want the song to end. I always wanted to figure out why certain songs were so  good..every time I write one song I think might be good I'm already worried about the next one. sometimes it does feel like magic, because it starts so strangely with just sound and a feeling... you're not even sure what you want to say and something just comes over you.. and you're trying to figure out what it is... real experiences always help trigger ideas for me... (which is probably obvious, but sometimes you can get in your head and try to "think" of an idea.. but I find living it is the best way to "brainstorm." there's no work involved ;)  the more real something is, the easier I can write about it.

 

 

We're making a record. Tomorrow.

We're doing pre - pro tomorrow then the band comes in on Friday and Sat.

I prefer to be busy so I don't have to think about it or else I get nervous.  But today, it's icy and snowing and I have off work, and time to think and prep. I've written out the  list of songs about a hundred times on different word docs, in my journals, emails... and it's funny, it's grown. I have too many I want to do. I started with just wanting to have an EP of 5 songs. And now, I feel like maybe I should just have an album because I don't want to leave any of the songs out that I love. 

Songwriting has always taught me how to trust and kind of center again and believe in things again. You don't know where you're going with a song and you have to have faith you'll figure it out. Every song is like taking a chance... and I think recording is the same thing. Taking a leap of faith.

Eeek so many feels. 

xx oo, 

Emma