• First of all I would like to say terrific blog! I had a quick question in which
    I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to find out how you
    center yourself and clear your head prior to writing.
    I have had a difficult time clearing my thoughts in getting
    my thoughts out. I do take pleasure in writing
    however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips?

    • Hallo there Luis, many thanks for taking the time to write on the web site.
      You were asking the perpetual question, how do we get started on a song.?
      Every person is different, but having spent an awful lot of time staring at a blank piece of paper over the last 40 years, Ive decided now that I’m not going to put myself under pressure to come up with something unless there is something I want to say.
      I find that going out for a walk in the hills nearby or along the beach clears the head, and usually a line or two will pop in to my head which is enough to get started when I get home. The best ideas certainly come when the brain is distracted, then the hard work of making it fit and editing starts, which is the true bones of writing. If only inspiration wrote the whole song plus the arrangement!
      Another thought is to keep a diary, if you are in the daily habit of writing, then it doesn’t come as such a chore to get a lyric down.
      There are a ton of books out there and I’m sure the web is full of ideas, but in the end it comes down to you and what you want to impart to your real or imaginary audience.
      I hope this was of some encouragement to you, keep going ,it is such a wonderful thing to do in your life.
      All the best and thanks for your interest
      Jim Hunter

  • Stuart wilson

    Jim….listening to Crack o Noon club now. Remains one of my favourite albums. We have met….I was a close friend of patrick grey, and Brian meers, who were tragically killed in that horrendous accident on 14/1/92. Spend great new years up in ballachulisg both before and after that horrendous time. I know crack of noon came out afterwards but listening to it always takes me back to those days, and the mental hogmanay parties in ballachulisg house! Fantastic music…some of the best I’ve ever heard. Stuart (stuartwilson12@btopenworld.com)

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