Songwriters as Writers

Writers come in all shapes and forms. The most common are novelists or maybe journalists, but those that are inspired to put words on paper can use any form they like to get their message across. In these days of modern technology, some writers don’t even write anymore. They dictate their thoughts onto voice recorders, and then transfer them straight into a word program. The program edits and spell checks for them before placing it and its final format. This makes it easy for scribes to be working at all times as they can get their words down anywhere. They can be in their car, on the bus, or even walking down the sidewalk.

songwriter recording when insprired

One advantage of this is that as soon as inspiration hits them, they can get it down immediately while the thought is still fresh. Many writers still like to do it the old-fashioned way though. They prefer to sit at home at their desk and let the words flow from a more quiet place. Some even still use a typewriter instead of any word processor or computer. They find that the click and clack of the keys helps the thoughts come from their mind and down onto the paper. Musicians are another form of popular writer. Most don’t think of a singer in the same light as a novelist, but the same creative juices must flow to get the song out of their head and onto the page.

music to paper

If you look closely, you will see that the thoughts conveyed and the emotions transferred are just as real in any case. When songwriters like Jon Kois start a new project it is in the same spirit as any other writer.  Jon takes breaks from beginning drum lessons to work on several projects, and his craft is just as potent as any poet or short story scribe. While these days we hear many new pop songs which just seems so generic and silly, we forget about the serious song writers who pour their heart and soul into their craft. Remember the 60s, with Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan. They took the feelings of an entire generation and turn them into songs that everyone could relate to and feel a part of. So the next time you listen to a song, think about the pain or joy that the song writer had to convey from thought to word.