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January 3rd, 2016:

“You Never Stop Growing in Music…”

Patty Larkin, a folk rock singer-songwriter and songwriting professor at Berklee School of Music, discusses some of the elements of songwriting in a recent news article for the Providence Journal by Susan McDonald:

As inspiring as her music may be to her fans, Larkin says writing is something she has to force herself to work at daily.

“If I wait for the urge to hit, there are so many other things I can do, like laundry, walking the dog,” she says with a laugh. “When I started teaching songwriting at Berkelee, I told them they had to show up for the process and exercise that arm. That’s what I have to do. I spend three hours a day. I start with my guitar. Sometimes I sit with it in a café at a set time and I don’t get up until I get something.”

That “something” might be a fragment of a lyric or melody that she can then return to the next day. Life being the way it is, she admits that she cycles through themes in her writing.

Simple, straight-forward, common sense – what songwriters hear all the time… but always a good lesson to bear in mind – you have to write to be a songwriter…

Thank you for the reminder Ms. Larkin and may the Muse be with you (and all of us)…

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