When it comes to songwriting, I think it's essential to at least understand the "who, what, when, where, why and how" of creating. The way we each answer these questions should give us a clearer understanding of the process and purpose of our creativity. Let's begin with "who."
Who writes songs?
The simple answer is, anyone. I believe we all have some level of musical ability, and some message we desire to communicate.
The complicated answer is that songwriting, at least on a professional level, is not for everyone. That should be freeing for some, and sobering to others. For some, it is better to enjoy writing songs as a hobby. For others, it is a deep calling that can only be satisfied by pouring out the creative soul. Either way, writing songs has a therapeutic way of giving life to the creator. Where there was nothing before, now there is something. And you, songwriter, had something to do with that.
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