One of the most daunting parts of songwriting is finding where to start. When I sit down to write a song there’s an entire world of possibilities. With almost an unlimited number of rhythms, melodies, and harmonies for me to choose from, I find myself stuck with choice paralysis (its similar to trying to pick out the right cereal at the grocery store).
One way to counter this is to start with a form. This week I’m going to start with the restraint of writing a 16 bar melody (like Amazing Grace) then go from there. I might channel my inner Chris Tomlin and add a chorus to it or maybe I won’t… either way, I know where I’m starting this week!