FEBRUARY 8, 2007
DESCRIBE YOUR WRITING PROCESS. IS THERE A FORMULA YOU'VE DISCOVERED THAT'S WORKED BEST FOR YOU CREATING HITS?
The writing process for me may be considered a little odd. My favorite time for getting song ideas is when I'm mowing the lawn or sometimes when I'm doing laundry. Other times for song ideas are when I'm watching sports on TV.
It's really weird how the most clever ideas come when I'm doing something like manual labor around the house. I'm really not thinking too intently on any one thing and sometimes an idea pops into my head.
If I'm mowing, I just have to repeat the idea over and over until I'm through. If I stop to write it down there may be nothing else that follows and it cuts the idea short. If I don't write it down fast enough I may forget the whole idea altogether; so there is a balance that must be reached.
Once I sit down to put lyrics to paper, sometimes a melody will be in my head as well and I'll record the melody into a digital recorder and save it until I have the opportunity to record a demo of the song.
Many times when you go to record the demo, the song blossoms into something that winds up much more interesting and clever than the little idea that I was humming as I was mowing my lawn.
That's the most fun thing about writing a song. Taking an idea from such a small idea to a large result.