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101 Songwriting Wrongs and How to Right Them by Pete Luboff, Pat Luboff

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NOWHERESVILLE

Know what you’re trying to say

Have you seen the great old Ernest Borgnine movie Marty? Marty asks his friend, “What do you want to do?” His friend replies, “I don’t know, Marty. What do you want to do?” Marty answers, “I don’t know. What do you want to do?” They do this quite a lot in the movie. Finally, Marty breaks away from his friends who can’t decide what they want to do and takes the big risk of offering himself to a nice girl. He is rewarded with the happy ending of a promising relationship, while his friends are still hanging around the corner asking each other what they want to do. If you want a happy ending to your songwriting process, you will have to take the plunge. You must ask yourself, What do I want to do ...

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