Embracing change

Change in itself is neither good nor bad. In any given situation, don’t assume a change means a change for the worse. It could just as easily be a change for the better.

We’ve all seen articles on the music industry’s recent rapid changes and I’m not planning on adding my two cents here. Instead, I want to talk about change as it relates to songwriting.

How many times have you written a song and felt the pride of accomplishment, only to realize you could improve it by making one more little tweak, one more rewrite?

How many times have you asked for a critique only to be reluctant to make any of the recommended changes? Are you afraid of change or just too comfortable to change?

Change can be scary to children, going to a new school, for example. But change in itself is not good or bad. In any given situation, don’t assume a change means a change for the worse. It could just as easily be a change for the better.

Rather than automatically resisting change, try being consciously aware that you always have a choice: you can resist change reflexively or you can keep an open mind and decide on a case by case basis whether a given change is a good one or not.

In my own writing I can usually improve a song if I give it a little more attention (even when it seems already complete). Sometimes I change a single note, other times I write a whole new bridge or a better chord progression.

Being neutral to change (neither mindlessly resisting nor accepting it) will serve you well in songwriting.

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