If you want to write songs, you have to learn to see the music in things. Anyone can learn the math behind making music, but very few can identify stories or images or moments that are worthy of being retold through song, that have enough feeling to be the foundation for a song. Doing this requires emotional awareness but also humility. Because you may wish to focus on your instrument and telling stories of your choosing, but you must also recognize that you are the world’s instrument, and it wants to use you to tell stories.
I’m writing a song for a guy who is a closet cat lover. What am I doing with my life?
I spend so much time trying to come up with sexy lyrics that my brain has become a softcore porno script.