What Happens When The Words Just Won't Come 

You write an instrumental!

I swear a couple of these current tunes I'm working on have been in the same state of disarray for months. Probably longer, if I were to be completely honest. But those of you who are songwriters know this happens, right? What I have to fight when it does happen is the feeling of "ok, well, that's it, I'll never write another song! I guess it was great while it lasted...." 

What do YOU do in those instances? How do you deal with your inner voice (critical little bastard that it is)? Sometimes I'll pull out a tune that's older and maybe rework it. Sometimes I'll write bridges to existing songs whether they need them or not. Sometimes I'll crank up my lapsteel and watch the dogs run for the back yard. 

The main thing for me is to keep working, to not give in to the self-doubt that can so easily seduce me away from my path. 

Here's a tune of mine that's been through so many iterations it bears scant resemblance to the original version. I hope you enjoy this exceedingly rough version of "Warp And Weft"

5 comments

  • Darrell Elmer Rodgers

    Darrell Elmer Rodgers New Mexico

    I have a couple tunes that as of yet, lack appropriate lyrics. But I don't feel any compulsion to "put it out there" as an instrumental - mainly because I play guitar only well enough to support my songwriting habit. But I also believe that when the time is right, the ripening will happen and I will finish the songs. That has happened more than once. Sometimes it's a song that needs only a decent bridge. Sometimes it's one that needs everything. But with you my skillful friend, your melodious tunes are more than worthy to stand on their own. I could listen to you play all day (and in fact have while driving long distance).

    I have a couple tunes that as of yet, lack appropriate lyrics. But I don't feel any compulsion to "put it out there" as an instrumental - mainly because I play guitar only well enough to support my songwriting habit. But I also believe that when the time is right, the ripening will happen and I will finish the songs. That has happened more than once. Sometimes it's a song that needs only a decent bridge. Sometimes it's one that needs everything. But with you my skillful friend, your melodious tunes are more than worthy to stand on their own. I could listen to you play all day (and in fact have while driving long distance).

  • PHROGGE

    PHROGGE PHX AZ

    IM A PROUD MEMBER OF DA ERIC RAMSEY PHAN CLUB..WIF A VESTED INTEREST IN ADDING MY "TOYZ" TO HIS TUNES... I LUBS THIS ONE MY PHRIEND ,,,GROOVE DAT "FEEL DA GROOVE & PLAY IT FORWARD"....TRUE DAT

    IM A PROUD MEMBER OF DA ERIC RAMSEY PHAN CLUB..WIF A VESTED INTEREST IN ADDING MY "TOYZ" TO HIS TUNES...
    I LUBS THIS ONE MY PHRIEND ,,,GROOVE DAT "FEEL DA GROOVE & PLAY IT FORWARD"....TRUE DAT

  • Uncle T

    Uncle T Illinois

    You could always co-write with a friend who has a way with words. Hmm, if only you could think of one...

    You could always co-write with a friend who has a way with words. Hmm, if only you could think of one...

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