When the global pandemic started earlier this year, no one knew just how much the world was going to change. I think it's fair to say that, like with most bad things, we all thought "this could never happen to me." But it's happening, and it's happening to all of us.
I'll be the first to admit that I've developed some pretty strong habits in the over ten years that I've been writing songs. I tend to use some chord progressions more than others, and I tend to focus more on lyrics than melody. But the biggest habit I've fallen into is writing songs the same way every time: by sitting down at my piano or with my guitar and my lyric book and writing the song from start to finish. I write the melody, the harmony, and lyrics at the same time, from verse one to the last chorus.
Take it from someone who used to work in a library: people underestimate them. Sure, we all know they're brimming with hardcovers and paperbacks, but I bet you there's an amazing feature at your library that you're missing out on. I don't even need to go to your library to tell you there's something your library offers that you're not utilizing.
In this day and age, shooting off a quick "thank you" text can seem like enough after receiving a gift, but not everyone who gifts us is from our generation, and sometimes the short period of time it takes to write a real "thank you" can make someone's day.
When I started songwriting when I was nine, and for the first little while of the last 11 years, I only used on book as a songwriter. And yes, that worked fine for a while, but I'm at the point now where there are three different notebooks I use in my songwriting practice that I think are absolutely necessary.
Okay, yes, you do you. Drink (responsibly) if you want to. But here are my observations on what it's like to be the sober person in the room LITERALLY EVERY TIME PEOPLE DRINK.