Songwriting Tips from John Lennon

No, he hasn’t contacted me from the Great Beyond, although years ago my ex-wife claimed John visited her in a dream and told her that he enjoyed my songs.

Anyway, here are a few tips from the second greatest, most creative artist in the last 110 years:

  1. START WITH A SONG YOU LIKE: Then change the lyrics, then the melody, and then the rhythm. Aside from the lawsuit, it worked for his tune “Come Together“- that one kicks ass, and was based on an old Chuck Berry tune.
  2. FINISH EVERYTHING: Don’t worry about whether or not it’s “good” or “bad”.  Prepare to spend a few weeks working on just one song. Try to push yourself to work out the best chord structure and arrangement (intro, verse, chorus, etc.). Then work on the actual recording, and move on to the next song.

Simple, huh?

Only if you’re a genius like JL…

Happy Holidays, everyone. War is over if you want it.

🙂

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