Writing For Yourself vs. Writing For Others

On this episode of The Music Stuff Show, we discuss how to approach the craft of songwriting from more than one perspective. We look at the source of creativity when there are different end goals, and we delve into the creative processes behind those differences. 

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Episode Guide:

  • Intro [0:00]

  • Sponsor [0:12]

  • Episode Overview [0:59]

  • Scratch and sniff [2:13]

  • Writing music for yourself vs writing music for other people [8:30]

  • Bruno Mars [10:16]

  • If you don’t like pop, don’t write pop [11:43]

  • A log of people that think they want to be songwriters, don’t want to be songwriters [13:46]

  • Doing something for the money alone is a terrible reason to do anything [15:31]

  • Being a songwriter is a very service oriented position [17:16]

  • If you write two songs a month, don’t be a songwriter [19:01]

  • There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be an artist [19:12]

  • Don’t be a marathon runner if you hate running [24:49]

  • Don’t pursue anything you don’t have any interest in [30:43]

  • Everybody’s a one trick pony until you prove otherwise [32:40]

  • It’s never too late [40:04]

  • Outro [40:40]


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