Is there such a thing as writer's (songwriters) block? A lot of writers and songwriters would say yes. I don't know if I believe that. There is always something to write about. My granddaughter Ella is four years old. She hears Papa writing songs. She was talking to me a couple of weeks ago and she said she had written a song. I said, " Really, that is great! Do you want to sing it for me? "
She shook her head yes and started singing, "The rain came down, the rain came down. Splish! Splash! I told her, "That is a great song. I love it. My favorite part is the Splish! Splash! She smiled. Her day was made and so was mine.
If a four year old can write a song, how can a teenager or an adult not be able to write a song? Sometimes I believe that people start editing a song too soon. Write, write, write, and then write some more. After you have a few verses or a chorus then you can put on your song publisher hat and figure out what is wrong with your song. Ella had an advantage over other songwriters. She wasn't worried about Splish and Splash rhyming. She didn't know about near rhymes. She was just singing a song.
I believe people struggle writing not because they don't have anything to say. We probably have too much to say. I could write a song about anything. As I look around my music studio I could name a number of song titles. Cold coffee. Wanna be Rock Star. Sunday morning regrets. Brown carpet and beige walls, Empty tip jars, Jobs to do. Headphones and guitar picks. Pawn shop guitars. Black song notebook. Etc.
Sometimes all we need to do is start. Write something down. Anything. You can even write down what you can't write a song about. Example, I could wirte a song about a leaf who was afraid of heights and was afraid to fall. He worried that he would fall like a rock and not float to the ground. The winter wind blew on a cold December day. He finally let go and he landed softly. He was A okay. Silly yes. Song lyric. Yes. Hit song. No. Every song is practice for the next song. Practice, Practice. Practice.
Go ahead and write a song today. You can do this.