Have you ever began writing a song and everything seems to be coming together perfectly? Then after a few more hours of working on it you seem to no longer love it? In fact you start questioning everything and end of backtracking and changing things? In this article I hope to shed some light on what’s actually happening when you are experiencing this common occurrence among songwriters.
Have you ever discovered a new song that you love and then after listening to it over and over again you notice your excitement and admiration of it diminishes significantly? Are you just now noticing that the song was never that great in the first place? I don’t think that’s the case and here’s why.
When something is new to us it’s unfamiliarity causes it to be more interesting. We are curious creatures and love having new experiences. But once that experience becomes familiar to us the excitement of it will subside and we will perceive it as the norm. It reminds me of the saying “You want what you don’t have and once you get it you don’t want it”.
This concept applies to so many things. It could be a new kid at school or an employee at work. A new piece of clothing, a new car, new food or how about a new song?
Take Notice In The Beginning
See when you begin writing a song you have something very valuable that you won’t have for long and that “thing” is called a fresh perspective. Everything you write in the beginning is going to be new and fresh to you. It’s important that you not forget the excitement you feel once you add new lyrics or melodies to the song. If you don’t like something in the beginning that’s also a good indication that you should go ahead and scratch that part.
But if you find yourself no longer liking parts that you initially loved in the beginning then it’s safe to say that this is an indication you have lost your fresh perspective and are now experiencing ear fatigue. This is different than writers block. The more our ears hear something repetitively the more predictable it is and the less exciting it becomes. This is why it’s important to not forget how you felt in the beginning so you are not deceived once you lose your fresh perspective.
And there is nothing wrong with giving your ears a break. Sometimes walking away from a song for a few days can do wonders for you once you return and it may just help you regain some of that fresh perspective again. So remember don’t be tricked by ear fatigue’s temptation to make unnecessary changes to your song. Tho you may have listened to it a thousand times before you release it the listener will be experiencing it for the very first time and they will have something you no longer do, a fresh perspective!
How Did I Do?
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