Morning Stretch

I believe that our writing “muscles” are just like any other muscle group. If we want to be as flexible as possible, we have to stretch those muscles from time to time.

So, this morning, I wanted to give your brain and maybe your writing muscles a little “Morning Stretch”.

It makes me cringe every time I hear a writer who is trying to write commercially say “this is just what I do” as if they can only write ONE style or type of music. I’ve found that most of the successful people I know are VERY versatile. If they are a lyricist, they can write lyrics for almost any genre. If they write melodies, they don’t just write one type of melody. They can write great melodies to fit almost any occasion or genre.

I have written with numerous rock bands, a French-Canadian artist, some very traditional country artists, and some very pop country artists. I’ve had #1 songs in Country, Rock, Bluegrass and K-Pop.  I’m trying to stretch and challenge myself all the time to not settle into one “thing” that I do.  As we speak, I have written music for two different plays that are in production.

For me, “one thing” tends to turn into a rut. And that’s what I DON’T want to be in!  So, I’m always looking for ways to expand my skillset and keep myself challenged.

This week, challenge yourself to write one song that “doesn’t sound like you”.

See if you can write something that shocks your family and friends because it is so “outside the box” for you. And spend 15 minutes brainstorming ways that you can challenge yourself to keep trying new things.

To kick start your morning stretch, I’ve attached a song that blew my publisher away when I turned it in.  He said “You wrote this?”  That’s exactly the response I wanted.

A Little In Love With You sung by Jonathan Pierce

Happy writing!

Marty Dodson

Marty Dodson - pro songwriter/instructor - SongTown

Songwriter/SongTown Co-Founder

Marty Dodson is a multi-hit songwriter, co-founder of SongTown, and co-author of  The Songwriter’s Guide To Mastering Cowriting and  Song Building: Mastering Lyric Writing

12 thoughts on “Morning Stretch

  1. These are some good pointers. It’s really hard for us that are out performing to write something we wouldn’t likely ever perform. That’s not keeping the song as king! Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Marty, for some reason, when I click on the triangular “Start” icon, nothing happens! Would you be so kind as to display the lyrics for the song here, or else email me those lyrics, hopefully with a video of the song, as well. I don’t think you want me to show my email address here. Thank you very much!

  3. Great advice Marty! We should all stretch our songwriting muscles. I really like your song – love that 70’s guitar sound!

  4. Also, I totally agree with you about “thinking outside the box!’ It has even been said by some, “I DESTROYED THE BOX!”

  5. What a great message and so important to go out side our comfort zone. Thank you for sharing, I really like the song too, and it shows how versatile you are as a writer. Very cool!

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