I took a Songwriting course in High School and while I agree that you can teach the fundamentals of song structure and constructing a musical hook, I think it is a silly thing to try to instruct someone on how to force a song out of their soul. This probably means I will never be summoned to write a song for Kelly Clarkson or David Archuleta. Which in turn means that Kelly and David will probably never sing about the first time I got dumped or that time I stole a keg of beer at a party by getting some strong dudes to throw it out the window while no one was looking…it’s probably for the best.

My songs usually are born in the shower or while I am riding my bike to work, the few times of the day that I let my brain relax and zone-out a little. I usually think of a lyric line and a melody for it at the same time, most songs starting from just one sentence, one little riff. My songs aren’t always gems, but they are always genuine. I’ve never been to Paris, so I ain’t gonna sing about it, you know what I mean?

And it’s not just all about the lyrics, I am a straight to the point kinda girl, so I write straight to the point kind of songs both melodically and harmonically. Besides, songs about sitting on a stool, drinking beer, don’t really require a lot of musical build-up.

I never turned in a song in my Songwriting class. Not one. I still got an A somehow. My awkward teenage self just didn’t really want all of the other awkward teenagers in the room knowing too much of my soul. I had a good teacher, and I think he could see that.

Here is a little snippet of my most recent ditty (the band hasn’t even heard it yet) spawned from the sometimes totally frustrating songwriting process…

Every song worth singing, has already been sung
Every game worth playing, has already been won
And everything worth doing, has already been done
So I am gonna keep on drinking, till I see tomorrow’s sun.

xoxox Katie