Co-writing: The art of sharing your heart felt ideas with another person and trusting the 2 of you will create songwriting magic. This can be tremendously rewarding and often frustrating. But there are some guidelines to make this experience often a great one. If Moses came down from the mountain with a tablet or two on co-writing perhaps this would be chiseled in the stone!
You shalt put nothing else before the song. The Song Is King. Leave your ego at the door. Let the song develop as it wants to develop and not as you are determined to force it.
Thou shalt not steal. Don’t take other people’s ideas. If someone is throwing out ideas, you shouldn’t go write them with someone else. Sharing ideas with someone is sacred and you should respect someone else’s ideas.
Thou shalt not take the words of a song lightly. Words have the power to heal, to wound, to make us laugh or cry. Remember and choose you words purposely.
Remember the sabbath day and rest. It’s easy to work hard and want something badly, but it’s often when you take an afternoon off and go for a walk with a friend that the right idea floods your mind.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. When you have completed a song, what happened in the room stays there. Don’t go out and brag on yourself and say that your co-writer didn’t write a note of the song. Remember we all have a purpose for being in that room and its a 50/50 equation.
You Shalt not murder the creativity energy in the writing room. Listen as much as you talk. If you find one person dominating the talking, you probably aren’t going to get a great song. If you are a talker, monitor yourself. Be sure you are giving your co-writer space. If you are quiet, be sure you are speaking up. It takes everyone working together and sharing ideas to make a great song.
Thou Shalt not commit adultery. You can’t take back an idea without permission. If you a work on an idea with someone and you later decide that you don’t like what the two of you came up with, you can’t take that song and jump into a new writing relationship with it. You need to call your co-writer and talk about it first. The fact that they helped shape what you wound up with means you need their permission before you re-write it with someone else.
Do unto other as you would have them do unto you
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