Finishing Songs, Music or Lyrics first, Authenticity | The Holistic Songwriting Podcast 2

My biggest challenge is probably finishing songs. Little projects get started, but then it’s like I can never settle on details, and get too picky with it, thus spending too much time on them and giving up after a while. This in turn affects my ability to START projects. Not sure what can be done to help. – Jackson Foster (1:19)

I’m currently studying music in High School. I really enjoy writing songs, however I’m not too sure on where to start to actually sound any good. I think my main question is, should I write my lyrics first, the chords or the melody? – Claire (5:25)

My main struggle is since i have had Severe depression for 7 years now most of my lyrics are either sad, about depression or about death. My main goal with this is to write uplifting lyrics, to help people in the same or a similar situation to me. – Athena (8:59)

My greatest challenge in songwriting currently is balancing my enjoyment for it vs treating it like a job, as I would like to make music for a career. How do you preserve your passion for writing when doing it even when you don’t feel like it? – Jordan (13:45)

Do you think we have to have experienced at least something similar to what we write about to be authentic or can someone still come across as authentic when they make something up entirely? – Paul (16:51)

Written by Friedemann Findeisen

Songwriting Coach & ComposerWith recommendations from industry heavyweights Erwin Steijlen (Pink, Shakira), Conrad Pope (John William's orchestrator), Jeff Rona (God of War III, Traffic) and Rene Merkelbach (Within Temptation), Friedemann started his songwriting/producing school Holistic Songwriting in November 2015.He has since written a book The Addiction Formula, a 7 Day Audio Program on songwriting and video courses on Hook/Melody-Writing and Drum-Writing.