Re-writing

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Been slacking off on the Blog posts far too long, got some catching up to do. Don’t know where the spring went, but it’s come and gone. Most of my music time in the last few months has been focused on re-writing. There are several songs I’d written, finished or nearly finished, that still needed work. I can tell when I’ve got a tune just the way I envisioned it, or if it falls short. There are a few I was totally happy with years ago, but now I hear differently. Really don’t know why that is. It would be easier just to let them be, but I feel that would be a disservice to the song. So for about two to three hours each day I would take one of them and try to improve it. In some cases I would need to create a whole new music setting to the lyric, taking the tune in a totally new direction. Sometimes it would be about tweaking lines, or adding a new part. Whatever it takes to make the song complete.
Rewriting songs is a very important part of the process, at least for me. Every now and then I lose track of that. The key is recognizing that there is still work to be done, and not giving up on the song until it is the very best it can be. I find that letting a song alone for a prolonged period of time is very helpful.
I can revisit the tune with fresh eyes and ears, and a clear mind. Over time this has served me well, producing some pretty good results, and would highly recommend to any songwriter. I do not want to have doubts or second thoughts about any songs I hope to record or pitch.
Also should mention that there are instances where I would have two distinctly different versions of the same song, and I like ‘em both. Some songs can keep changing and evolving over time. It’s all a part of the creative process and I’m totally good with that.