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Posted By: retrancer
27-Feb-07 - 08:53 PM
Thread Name: What makes a person a good songwriter?
Subject: RE: What makes a person a good songwriter?
Well, for me, sometimes the best things i do, which may or may not meet anyone's test, come from thinking through a concept, an emotion, a feeling, studying it from a variety of perpectives, playing with metahpors for it, slowly distilling it down, mapping out rhymes, counting meter. it can come from anywhere - someone on a chat and I were joking and made a reference to having a bottle in the car and I jotted down the following to be titled "Babe I Got A Bottle in the Car" as a country tune:

Babe I got a bottle in the car - song lyrics:

I dont know why I stopped into this bar
The road outside looks long and kinda hard
My hotel room is really not that far
and babe I got a bottle in the car

Babe I got a bottle in the car
I've seen a million miles of gravel and tar
All I own is this old steel guitar
but babe I got a bottle in the car


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so its undeveloped, but a concept, needs refining, a completed story line, some more metaphors, a place, maybe a buzzing neon sign and a cockroach, but for me this is the be=ginning of the process - it reminded me of when we all took our own bottles to drink outside because we could not afford to get drunk inside the bar at bar prices - so you arrive smashed and oreder one, go to the car, drink two, go back in, order one LOL.