Re: Writing on demand
My favorite answer came from Michael Leahy who says he writes “after I get the phone call.” In case you’re not familiar with this famous quote: When asked which came first, the words or the music, Academy Award-winning songwriter Sammy Cahn answered “Neither. The phone call.”
A songwriter with a successful career is one who can write on demand. Whether the demand is for a TV show theme song, a radio hit for a Country superstar, a song for a friend’s wedding, or five new songs for the EP your fans are waiting for. You want to be able to sit down and write a song when you feel like it and, more importantly, when you don’t feel like it.
Cool hint from Robin Frederick. Sign up for her newsletter/blog at http://www.robinfrederick.com
Robin is the author of Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting and Shortcuts to Songwriting for Film and TV, among other works.