Getting out of the rut. So, how do we get our “freshness” back and stop banging our head against the wall? Let’s think about when we first started listening to music. We couldn’t get enough. We bought the latest records and wore them out listening over and over to our favorite songs. We identified with the words and the sounds. We became those songs. And when we started writing our own songs, we drew from a deep well. The words and music we absorbed during all of those listening hours were filtered through us and came out of our guitar or piano and pen in a new way. Don’t let that feeling to go away.
Ask Stephen King. If you want to get back to this inspired fresh writing, it’s really very simple. You must be inspired again! As famed author Stephen King says in his book On Writing, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” And basically, that what all my writings in this series are about. To concierge the reads to read more books and write more songs. It’s actually impossible to be good at writing for very long if you are not constantly listening to new music and being inspired. So, if you are feeling like you are in a rut with your creativity, I challenge you to find a new record that inspires you. Sing along to it. Strum the chords on your guitar or play them on your piano. Let it soak into every cell of your body and remember why you love music so much. Your writing will thank you.
Hangi Tavakoli is our in-house established and professional music producer with 20 years of experience in songwriting, music production, mix and mastering. He has written and produced more than 5,000 published songs to-date, including some major hits in international scale.