The Song Writing Process According to author Bob Boog.
“People have asked me, “How do you find the time to write?” and “How do you write a song if you can’t sing or play an instrument?” To many people it seems impossible or like it’s some kind of miracle. Please note: I don’t claim to write great songs! Nor do I consider myself to be a great singer. In fact, my wife claims when I sing I sound like Bob Dylan– only drunk, and still insisting that he’s okay to drive!
Amazingly,I have written songs that have touched people’s hearts and I’ve gotten a lot of wonderful and amazing response from listeners. A song about losing a dog was played on the radio in Australia to thousands of people!
The name of that song is “Wait for You”
Another song made it on a top radio station in Los Angeles. So how does it work because I do NOT sing on ANY of my songs? Keep reading!
First: how to find the time to write: Wake up earlier than normal. Or go to bed later than usual. And write.
Here is how the writing process works for me: I will use a timer and sit in a quiet room for about 15 minutes, and write something every day. Here is a picture of the actual timer I use. You might use an iPhone, but the idea is this: what if a killer put a gun to your head and said “You have 15 minutes to write or you’ll die.” What would you do? You would NOT procrastinate, would you?
Often I will bring a newspaper with me. Sometimes what comes to mind is only a few words. Or maybe I will jot the feelings from a real-life story. Other times words jump out so I scribble them down and it may turn into something like modern poetry. Sometimes it seems more like a song. Occasionally humorous words, ideas and phrases fill my thoughts so I write them down and sometimes I come back to refine them. Sometimes I don’t. What’s funny is I’ve been doing this for about 20 years and about a year ago, I read that John Lennon liked to do the same thing. Obviously his songs are waaay better than mine!
Now, if the words seem more like a song, I will then sing the melody into a voice recorder and send it to a friend who plays piano. He will then create a piano track from my vocals. If I like it the piano tune, I will take the next step and find a singer who sings the lyrics. Why do I do this? I have no idea. It’s fun to create things.
The songs below range from hip-hop to country. One of the first songs I ever wrote is called “The Well Dressed Man” which is a semi-religious country song.”
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