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News May 2016

I was honoured to have my rap track My Ride (download it here) featured on a recent episode of the NUSIC New Music Podcast (ep 127) with a whole bunch of great Nottingham artists including Mez who did a ‘real’ Nottingham rap and A Dee – who I worked with briefly when he was a member of Deeper Than Forever.

Download the episode here

I also got to throw in my 2 cents on a songwriting roundtable with heavy hitters like Gary Ewer, Ari Herstand and Kevin Thomas over at the One Minute Song website

Read the post here


Gary Ewers On Inspiration And Questions

Here’s a couple of thought provoking posts I’ve been reading recently –

Gary Ewers quotes Leonard Bernstein in his post Between Inspiration and Hard Work, the Latter Always Wins

Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time… The wait is simply too long. 

The reason the Beatles wrote 200 songs in 7 years is that they never waited for inspiration to show up. Even if you do get inspired there’s rarely enough magic dust to finish the whole song. You still need to graft to find a bridge or a second verse.

Maybe the muse has a short attention span?

Gary has another great post called The Most Important Question Songwriters Should Be Asking. The question is “How is my new song different from my last one?”

if you’ve been following my progress reports this year showing up , you may have spotted that’s pretty much how I roll…e.g.

Depressing Tom Waits style sinner’s prayer (O Lamb Of God)
Weird folky love song for wife involving donated animal body parts (Brother Bull)
Bizarre atonal song about fictional chinese village (Shang Ding Hong Song)
Odd time gospel blues about church announcements (If You’re Here This Morning)

and so on

It’s not just themes and styles, but I’ll try to follow a complicated arrangement/recording with solo voice and guitar or a reworked old idea with a song started totally from scratch.

It’s all part of a natural progression for me that goes like this

1 I want to be a really good songwriter
2 Therefore I need to write a lot of songs
3 If I’m going to write a lot of songs I need to have a lot of variety in my repertoire for sanity’s sake, mine and my listeners!

Free songs by Matt Blick


Recommended Songwriting Blogs

If you’re a songwriter I’d like to recommend a couple of blogs that I’ve been enjoying and just got around to adding to my blogroll.

Teacher and author Gary Ewer writes the Essential Secrets of Songwriting blog which is an absolute mine of great info. Check out some of the following for starters –

What you need to know before writing your next melody
Dealing with emotion is tricky
Letting a hook disappear

Singer/songwriter Sharon Goldman blogs at Songwriting Scene which has a less ‘educational’ tone and is more of a relational sharing of experiences & wisdom. I really like –

The Random Song Generator 
Interview with Songwriting author Paul Zollo 
Sorting the scraps of your songwriting

Check ’em out.

Related Posts:
A Songwriting Masterclass with Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg
Top 10 reasons NOT to write songs for your church

My latest song: You Spoke The Stars
Other free songs by Matt Blick