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Diary of a Songwriter

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Monday, 7 p.m.
I really should start writing that new song. I need it for next week’s art show. This time I’m going to write something that’s actually good…like something profound…that people would actually want to listen to. Nay, that I would actually want to listen to.

7:15–Yikes! need to tune my guitar.

7:17–o.k…something NOT bitter this time

7:20–i should get a snack.

7:45–I should call my sister

Thursday, 10:07 p.m.
Shoot, i was going to write a song this week. I better get on that.

10:08 p.m.–hmmmmmm…what should I write about?

10:10–Something funny!

10:05–who am I kidding, I am not the funny-song kind of writer.

10:20–o.k. i’ll just think about it and something brilliant will come to mind.

Sunday, 4 p.m.
so psyched to play my guitar and finally write a song!

4:45p.m.–shoot…fell asleep.

5:00p.m.–what should I write about? I’m not in love (maybe I could pretend?)…I’m kind of pissed off! I’ll write about that! Wait, no, promised myself I wouldn’t write any angry/bitter songs this year. I need something brilliant–thick with metaphor. oooh…or something political! Everyone cool is writing political these days…

5:15–hmmmm…o.k. a new way to dis America… DAMN THE MAN! 

 i suck at this.

Monday 8:30 p.m.
shoot. need a song for the art show.  REALLY REALLY gotta get on that.

8:40–o.k. here I go…

8:43–same tune as that other song I wrote.

8:50–too many minor chords

8:52–remember Shelley, songwriting is not your own personal therapy session…

8:53–I wish I was better at picking. then my song would be awesome and everyone would think i was friggin’ brilliant.

8:57–my creative juices are NOT flowing.  I need some chocolate…AND WINE! yes. wine.

9:30–I wonder what I did with that song I started last November. Maybe I could finish that one.

10:00–WHERE IS THAT SONG??????

Wednesday 6:00 p.m.
found it! yes. i’ll finish this one.

6:40 p.m.–o.k. now I remember why I didn’t finish it…Why can’t I think of something for the verses?

6:45–that sounds dumb.

6:52–ARRRGGGGGGGGGGG–I WANT TO SMASH MY GUITAR OVER SOMEONE’S HEAD!

7:10–Ha! I have a tune!! that will work.

7:13–this kind of sounds like a David Gray song. Is it? hmmm.  i’m just going to go with it and hope nobody knows.

7:28–lyrics…what to write for lyrics…

7:30–too rhymey.

7:32–too cheesey

7:34–there I go being bitter again. frig. …better think about it some more.

Thursday, 6:00 p.m.
I really really need to finish this song by tomorrow…I have dinner at 7:00. Shoot. Only an hour. just some lyrics…and a bridge. no big deal.

6:45–Done!! Ha.!!   ….wait…is this a piece of crap? no time to decide….

Friday 5:08 p.m.
damn…I can’t remember how it goes.

5:12–close enough.

5:16–yeah, gotta change that line.

DONE! FINITO!!!!!!

This is so rewarding….I don’t know why I don’t write more. 


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