Song Writing: Why Is Completing Your Songs Important?

By Peter Edvinsson

Do you find it easy to write songs? Too easy? Well, I at least have had a problem with this.

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If you would visit our home and my garage you would find a lot of unfinished songs and a lot of manuscript paper with some notes on them showing that I wanted to say something with music but never finished it.

Maybe you always finish your songs, record them or have well documented lists with your songs for easy access. That’s the way I work now but obviously didn’t work before.

Nowadays I have started to realize the importance of finishing songs that I have found enough important to start writing in the first place.

I think it is important for you and me to complete songs we have started to write for the following reasons:

1. It is when songs are complete that other people can benefit from them and you can feel that you have contributed something to the benefit of others and to yourself.

2. It has a positive effect on your subconsious mind to take your composition the whole way to completion. It will give you the realization that you can write songs. It’s that simple!

3. As I mentioned before you will avoid having a lot of unfinished songs hanging around. It can be unfinished recordings or pieces of paper with a few words on them indicating an attempt to create something that probably meant a lot then but now is just words.

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If you are signed to a recording company you will be more or less forced to produce things. The product will hopefully be a CD with maybe twelve songs on it and a show for your promotion tour.

It seems like slavery to be forced to produce a product like a CD. But having this obvious goal to work towards and the pressure involved can actually promote creativity.

If you are not signed to a record label you can benefit from working with your songs in a similar way.

1. Set a goal to produce for example three songs and set the prerequisites like writing one love ballad, one uptempo song and a waltz.

2. When you have made the songs record them and burn them on a CD.

3. Learn the songs by heart and sing and play them for your friends.

Doing this will increase your faith in your ability to produce songs and I think you will feel a greater joy and satisfaction in your great enterprise to write songs for the benefit of mankind and, of course, yourself.

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Peter Edvinsson is a musician, composer and music teacher. Visit his site Capotasto Music and download your free sheet music and learn to play resources at

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2 thoughts on “Song Writing: Why Is Completing Your Songs Important?

  1. actually i have so many unfinished songs and i really had a hard time finishing them… i have this rolling stone attitude and do you have any advice for me in order to get myself doing something… procrastination is my greatest problem..

  2. Great comment, Orville.

    I wish I had the definitive answer and advice for you about procrastination. Like you, and like many creative (and not so creative) people, I also have a problem with procrastination. But is it really procrastination or is it that there’s always something else more pressing that needs to be done? (At least that’s what I always claim.)

    In other words, you need to prioritize … and commit.

    A few years ago, when a songwriting workshop my wife and I regularly attended was discontinued, my wife made a commitment to write a song a day, without fail. She now has several hundred lyrics written.

    By consistently writing everyday, whether it was good or not, she has progressed from very amateurish and awkward lyrics to where she now writes very creatively.

    Of course, some of these are junk, but many are gems. Now she’s working on picking the best and adding music. (Lyrics were her weak point … she’s a very capable musician.) She stuck to her goal, now the goal needs to be moved to the next level.

    So … here goes …

    Make a list of your goals, and then take a look at how you’re spending your time. This will show you what your priorities really are.

    Do you spend hours surfing the web? Then that’s a priority. Is it really important to you? No? Then make an effort to spend your time on your real priorities.

    Take that list of goals, prioritize them, and make a commitment to work on the top one or two every day.

    If you have time, rotate through the other goals, doing them on a less frequent, but still steady, basis.

    The main thing is to take control of your life, and take action … really DO something.

    I’ll finish here with a related quote from American author/editor Peter De Vries: “I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning”

    – Brian,

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