05 Jan NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION 5#: SHARE THAT TOUGH EXPERIENCE THATS WEIGHING ON YOUR MIND
As the old adage goes, a problem shared is a problem halved.
So writing down some words to express your feelings about a tough experience… that’s been gnawing away in the back of your mind… is a great way to lessen the burden.
It could be a battle incident, particularly horrific car accident you attended or watching a mate get injured in a bushfire clean up operation.
Get your words down on paper to help you work through it. Maybe you could turn it into a poem or the lyrics for a song. Or maybe you could just file it away never to be looked at again.
But it’s always good to get it out of the back of your mind and out in front of you.
That way it can’t sneak up on you down the track.
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Why write a song?
That’s a very personal question. It can simply be for fun, full stop. For some, it’s a way of expressing what they feel, but can’t speak about. Sometimes the words will pour out of you, other times, you might stare at a blank page for an hour. Sometimes, you’ll hear a melody in your head while in aisle five at the grocery store, or perhaps while driving, you will see something that reminds you of an event that happened a long time ago, but changed your life forever. For better or worse.
For many people, there are things that we can’t get out of our head…that’s a good starting point, let’s get that thing, those words, out of our head and down on paper, just write them all down faster than you have ever written…now rearrange them into some order, maybe finding a rhyme or two where you can. Now strum two or three chords on that old guitar you haven’t touched in years, or that new guitar you just bought, or that secondhand one you just scored a bargain on.
It feels good…dare we say…therapeutic. Sure we dare to say that, even though it has got four syllables! It feels good to understand and it feels amazing to feel understood. That’s what songwriting can do.