How do I write parts for a song? Kyle Lent gives some very practical tips for creating instrumental parts that serve the song.
In a way, as artists, we make up a garden, a collection of fruit-bearing plants that’s beautiful because of its variety of forms. As faithful, fruit-bearing plants in the garden, we treat our audience and ourselves to beauty in an ever-changing and ever-expressive way.
This is a clip from Jeremy Riddle’s session at our first Austin Stone Worship Conference in 2013.
The artist has the daunting task of filling up blank spaces with bits of themselves and their experiences — and there’s nothing comfortable about that.
Just write something. Anything. Today. And tomorrow. And the next day. Free yourself from the anxiety of creating something awesome today. Just create something. Today. Everyday.
Just like a lawyer doesn’t just go to the office once a week when he’s feeling particularly argumentative, a songwriter can’t wait for the perfect moment of inspiration to write a song. They MUST write something every day.
Real songs come from real experience. We can all sniff out songs that are written from a place of “catchiness or pop hook” and not something that comes from someone’s actual life. It’s that obvious. Honesty is essential.
I believe it is a crucial part of our role as worship leaders, by following the Spirit’s leading, to place words on the lips of worshipers that they may use to ascribe worth and value to the King, Jesus.
The goal of 7in7 is not to write 7 great songs. The goal is to develop a discipline of songwriting.