imhoteprisesrises asked: I'm an aspiring songwriter having trouble pairing up my raw words with music. As someone with a hand in poetry, prose and songwriting do you have any advice on bridging that gap and turning text into a workable song?
I don’t write text first; learning to ad-lib lyrics out loud while playing, then fixing them up on the page, is one place you might start. I think of song as its own discipline - not of “the words to a song” - words and music make a song, they’re inseparable, for me they come into being simultaneously and grow together. If you’re trying to force an extant text to fit music, you’re going to end up intentionally putting stresses on unstressed syllables to make them fit the rhythm, which in my Church-of-One is total heresy, so words and music have to be written at the same time, lest the heresy hunters come, with their eyes all shiny and their lariats a-crackle.