Elizabeth Reid

Let your subconscious write the song

Songwriting – certainly at the start of the process – is not a technical exercise; songs are not mathematics; not a puzzle that requires brain power to solve. Songs are not an Ikea cabinet you are trying to put together.

Just get your brain out of the way; the song wants to be written – catch it rather than writing it. It’s not a logical process – it’s a creative process; and you already have all the tools you need.

“How does a person create a song? A lot of it is being open… to encounter and to… be in touch with the miraculous.” Joni Mitchell

“..you are desperate.. to get down to the subconscious which (is where) I really think all the goodies come from.” Quincy Jones – from the documentary Quincy

“My job is often only to finish a song idea that I’ve been lucky enough to receive.” Sananda Maitreya, aka Terence Trent D’Arby

“Every child is an artist. The challenge is to remain an artist after you grow up.” Pablo Picasso

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