New Songwriting “Formula”

Jax Resto, Songwriter Pal

Is it stealing if you get inspiration from somebody you didn’t know made the “theft?” Sounds like an ancient question to Father Confessor. I stumbled on this new songwriting method by accident.  Last post I mentioned that my pal Jax Resto and I collaborated on a new Christmas song. I fed her an idea that turned into the chorus. She had already started the verse structure. She had a particular song by a popular band playing in her head as she wrote it.  I didn’t know this when she emailed the finished lyric to me.  The beat structure suggested a certain type of progression to me and I set it to music   It was after I was done and played it for her that she told me which song she was thinking of when she wrote the lyric.  I was totally unfamiliar with it.  Jax listens to a lot more music than I do. The outcome is a fresh song that sounds nothing like the one whose groove she was inspired by. So she stole nothing and neither did I. She was thinking like the drummer she is. I was responding to the groove.

It’s only a Christmas song. Play it once a year and forget it. BUT both of these new songs turned out very satisfying. I think we have a winning formula here.  How lucky I am to have a trusted drummer friend who writes well and collaborates so nicely. We’re gonna keep trying this to see how far it goes.

And no, I’m not posting a sound file here and now.  It might get stolen before it’s even copyrighted. Wait for the recording to come out after we do the live feed on Dec. 15. Oh, you’ll be informed, I promise.

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