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

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A POEM IS A POEM IS A POEM (NOT A LYRIC)

Don’t mistake poetry for lyrics

When you’re courting the muse, you take what she gives. You capture it on tape or paper with gratitude. Tuning in to what messages you have to give to the world is a worthy endeavor, no matter what comes of it. One of the most joyful aspects of being a songwriter is opening up to whatever is coming up from your subconscious, or down from on high, or wherever you envision the flow originating.

After you’ve taken down the first outpouring without hindering the flow by making judgments about it, it’s time to consider what raw material you have to work with and what you want to do with it. Here’s a song Dot Regelski brought to the Monday night workshop:

Haunted Dreams ...

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