When someone says something clever in a movie, you’ll see the glow on their faces from their phones as they try to sneak them out and type in a title to write later. Or they might be at the table next to you at a restaurant scribbling something on a napkin. When you look at that piece of napkin, it’s a song or a hook! Once you know what to look for, the addicts are easy to spot. Or, perhaps when you are reading this, you see yourself or someone you know as one of the people I described and their “problem”. The addicted people think they are doing a good job hiding it, but those of us who know you already know they have a problem. The best thing they can do is to own it.
Some rationalize and say, “No one has ever recorded one of my songs, so I’m not a real songwriter.” Or “I’ve only written a few songs, so I can’t call myself a songwriter yet.” But the truth is that once a person is actually writing songs, they are a songwriter. These people are denying the problem. Being a songwriter doesn’t depend on other people. It’s about you and the uncontrollable desire you have to put words to music. You can be an addicted songwriter way before you have commercial success. Being a songwriter is one thing and being a professional songwriter is another. You might be writing on and off, or even you might be constantly writing but not for making a living out of. This still makes you one of us, but a none professional one.
Being able to say “My name is _____ and I’m a songwriter” is the first step toward healing. Once you own the problem, it can be managed, though it will probably never go away. Songwriting addiction is a chronic illness. Addiction to songwriting is not bad at all. In fact – I never imagined I actually say this one day but – this addiction is pretty beautiful. Being able to pour your heart out in one of the most beautiful ways known to humans is not a destroying addiction. Of course, it has its own kind of problems but once you know how to handle the outcome behaviors, it’s pretty beautiful. You’ll have to figure out how to manage relationships, work and life in general along with the crazy urge you have to “just write one more”. If you have read this far, you likely have a problem. Do yourself and all of us a favor. Just own it and then keep on writing and make our world a more beautiful place.
Hangi Tavakoli is our in-house established and professional music producer with more than 18 years of experience in songwriting, music production, mix and mastering. He has produced more than 3,000 and written more than 4,800 published songs to-date, including some major hits in international scale.