2010 October 22

The Writing Part of Song Writing

Click to Follow the Pea Pickin' Hearts by Email!As the Pea Pickin’ Hearts prepare for tomorrow’s “craft of songwriting” gig at the Cliff Dwellers Gallery, it reminds me of the odd questions I get about songwriting…from “where do you get your ideas?” to “where do you write them down?” 

Well, Answer #1 is that we tend to write what we know.  While not every song is about us, there is usually a thread in a song somewhere that has a relevant personal connection.  And Answer #2?  I write songs down in…a classic Moleskine® notebook.  They are sturdy, come in hundreds of varieties, have an elastic band to keep them closed, have a woven bookmark for when you are suddenly interrupted, and honestly, they make songwriting feel sacred.

If you are unfamiliar with the Moleskine® notebook, maybe a few pics and a word or two from the creators will help jog your memory:

Find a Moleskine Notebook of your very own!Moleskine® was created as a brand in 1997, bringing back to life the legendary notebook used by artists and thinkers over the past two centuries: among them Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin.  A trusted and handy travel companion, the nameless black notebook held invaluable sketches, notes, stories, and ideas that would one day become famous paintings or the pages of beloved books.” — from

For some reason, I alway start on the right hand page and end up moving to the left…but I’m not left-handed.  Go figure.  The image below is a scan from my Moleskine® of Lottery Dreams, a Pea Pickin’ Hearts’ tune written in July of 2010 (and the only one that fit in just one scan). continues below

Click to see the orginal Lottery Dreams notes!

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    October 1, 2014

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