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2/1/2018 2:39:55 AM
Do you have to be smart to write songs ?

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Verity

2/1/2018 2:39:55 AM

Do you have to be smart to write songs ?
Does the average listener seek out what they consider educated or intelligent songwriters

Do you need to be an English major or a concert pianist?
Do you need to be up on current affairs or understand science, geography, psychology?
Does it make you a better producer if you understand the mechanics of sound?

Will your songs have more appeal if they make sense and listeners can identify with them?
If you are thoughtful, intelligent, caring and painstaking can it be more of a hindrance than an asset?



To write a successful, entertaining song, maybe it's enough to just repeat

"Baby, I need you" and "Oh oh oh" over a single key cut/paste backing?


From the well known music makers that you rate highly, who would you describe as smart and who seems simple or even stupid in regular situations? Names please.




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Stoneman

2/1/2018 3:40:52 AM


The smartest songwriter I know of is Baby Face. Mr Edmonds has written a plethora of hit songs for a variety of artists in many genres. in addition to this he has won 11 Grammy awards and had 100's of songs on the charts. Many that went to #1 status on the Billboard charts. Some of the other songwriters that I admire and consider to be highly intelligent are Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Holland Dozier Holland, Al Green, But in my opinion the smartest one of the pack would be Stevie Wonder. Now, there is a songwriter who knows how to disseminate a message musically. I have every album he ever made and have always admired the fact that even with his obvious disabilities (Blind and from a poor family) he managed to carve out a huge chunk of the industry pie by writing the most prolific and soul stirring songs I ever heard. He is the songwriters songwriter. Now, to answer your other question, I am not sure that you have to be smart to be a good songwriter. I believe that in order to be a good songwriter you must be a good observer. You must see things in ways that others don't and then be able to point those things out well enough musically, for other people to be able to see them. You have to be able to convey inner feelings on music notes. Those who are able to do that are not necessarily smarter than the rest of us. They are just gifted with the art of songwriting. Many of the best songwriters never even had a music lesson. They just picked up instruments and started to play or picked up pen and paper and started to write. Now, if they pick up some actual music theory along the way, then the music they are inspired to write gets even better. Those that push themselves into the outer limits of songwriting become gods to the rest of us mere mortals. Some of us don't know how to get that deep. finding songwriting depth has been a life long pursuit of myself. Unfortunately, I am no songwriting god yet. But, I still continue to seek the best that I have inside of me. Hopefully, some day I will be able to say that I am a credible songwriter and feel it inside. But alas, this is not such a time for me. But there is so much joy that comes along with the pursuit. I love music so much and songwriting is something I do all day every day. I am not smart but I am always inspired. That in essence is the gift I mentioned earlier. The inspiration to write good songs is such a joy!


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Verity

2/1/2018 4:09:25 AM


Stoneman, you are such good value in all you do. I enjoy reading your extensive take on most topics and you never respond without demonstrating your thoughtful nature and your practical experience. I would say you ARE smart.


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Stoneman

2/1/2018 4:58:16 AM


Oh, you are so kind Verity. Thank You! I also enjoy reading your posts. Much Respect, Stoneman


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Francesca Tamellini

2/1/2018 3:27:20 PM


Hey Ho! Let's go!


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LyinDan

2/2/2018 2:13:31 PM


Do you have to be smart to write songs?

Oh, hell, no. The evidence is overwhelming.


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Larree

2/2/2018 2:43:07 PM


I write songs! :D


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