Recording Your Song Ideas on the Move
The art and craft of songwriting can really be broken down into two distinct parts, the first being the inspiration that births the song idea, the second the execution of this inspiration that results in a piece of music. People with a creative bent need to surround themselves with ideas, people and experiences that they can turn into art, a place to keep these initial impulses safe until they can be fostered into the final product they’re intended for, and the technical expertise to carry them into fruition.
The most powerful music in the world has the ability to move the hearts and minds of millions of people because of the raw emotion it expresses, and the more accurately it does this, the more easily people are able to connect with it. In order to nail down the fleeting emotions and ideas that come to you and transform them into something tangible, you need to have the means of recording them until you are able to take them further. With the hectic pace of our busy lives, keeping a pen and notebook handy is more difficult than it sounds, especially since ideas are wont to strike at the most inopportune of moments. What better manner to do this than the iPad you generally have no more than an arm’s reach away from you? Your tablet device is not just the place to keep track of your emails, your friends’ activity on social networking sites and the latest offerings from your favourite iPad casino. It can also be an incredibly easy to manage way for you to make sure that your song ideas never flit away again. Cool off between songwriting sessions with a quick game of seven card stud, a whirl of the roulette wheel or a quick game of blackjack, and get back to the business of making music refreshed and, possibly, a little richer to boot!
Inspiration comes from a wide variety of sources, including things that have happened to us personally, stories we hear from friends and news bulletins, and the books and magazines we read. They are also prone to changing over time, as you and the song change and adapt to fit the needs and restrictions of coherence, rhyme and melody, and it is always helpful to have some sort of method of keeping track of every stage of your song development. Try and have separate versions of each of your ideas and the details on progress for each at hand, so you are able to back and forward track in order to pinpoint the exact location of a mistake, and the starting point for the finished idea of the song.
No matter what level of experience you are at in terms of your musical ability in general or songwriting in particular, there is a world of ways for you to keep honing your craft when you start making use of your tablet device to record your song ideas, keep your works in progress organised and in order, and provide an easy method of transferring your work on to cloud platforms and your home desktop or laptop computer. Songwriting and its tools have moved into the 21st century, and it is definitely time you did too.