Songwriting News For June 21, 2011By Don • Category: Songwriting News
Matt Nathanson has a new album out, and speaks briefly with American Songwriter Magazine about his songwriting workflow:
Most of the time, melodies and chords come first- then the words. and the words are usually a combination of a few key ones I have in notebooks (I try to write everyday) and ones I make out of the sounds/place holder words from the melody. it’s been a long time since i have, like, set my words to a tune. These days, the words that end up sticking seem to come only after everything else is in place.
On the “industry” side of songwriting there has been (and probably always will be) a debate about whether to hand over all ownership of a song to an established artist. In this case, Ke$ha could not be happier with the choice she made.
The 24-year-old singer told New York Magazine, “I’ve never been more proud of anything in my career… It really solidifies me as a songwriter in the pop music world, which is what I consider myself first and foremost. So it actually is really, really exciting for me when I hear [Britney] sing it. Like, when I hear my own songs on the radio I have to kind of turn it down or change the radio or whatever. When I hear that, I fucking blow the speakers out and I order everybody to dance.”
Elbow’s Guy Garvey Gets Tea-Time Songwriting Pointers From Peter Gabriel:
“He told me that train journeys were good for lyrics,” Garvey says. “I was at his place specifically focusing on lyrics. Peter popped in for a cup of tea, which is very flattering. We talked about writing and he told me how he loves to write lyrics on train journeys.”