Where Do They Come From...

...these songs we write? Do they come from within? Are they gifts from some Supreme Energy Flow? Why do they sometimes appear almost fully rendered? Why must they sometimes be dragged kicking and screaming into the light? Why, sometimes, do they not come at all?

Some things I can quantify - a new tune can present itself as a riff on the guitar. Sometimes it's a phrase that starts the process. Sometimes it's a combination of the two. A memory, or an image, or even a scent can trigger the appearance of a new song.

Those tunes that simply appear, though, THOSE are the most intriguing to me . I've had that happen a few times. On those occasions I've felt tremendous pressure to not screw it up. And on two of those occasions specifically I felt like I was channelling someone's story.

There's a song on my first CD Wills And Won'ts called "Will I Ever Be Dry Again" that started will a guitar motif. And I swear as soon as I wrote the first line - "Rain, rain fallin' down settlin' the dust in this one-horse town" the remainder of the song came through as fast as I could commit the words to paper. That was followed closely thereafter by its sequel, "Never Be Free" (which is on my 2nd CD Up We Go), which appeared in an almost identical fashion. 

Questions and food for thought. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this process....

We here at the House Of Strays bid you a good day and wish you a good week.

Here are links to the songs mentioned above for your listening/downloading/sharing pleasure. To get the full effect they're best experienced in the order they appear:   Will I Ever Be Dry Again   >>>>>  Never Be Free

Leave a comment

    Add comment