Wednesday, April 28, 2010

7♣ Duh!

7♣ Seven of Clubs in The Rock Songwriter’s Deck: 52 Ways to Write a Song

The Seven of Clubs invites you to write a song, drawing your inspiration from the aggressive energy of sarcasm.

Most of the time, most of us are polite enough to keep quiet in the face of stupidity, bad taste, incompetence, and hypocrisy. Our social world works better if we do. But eventually we need to address all the obvious things that remain unspoken.

Standup comics are great at this: "Hey, did you ever notice that elephant in the corner of the room? What's up with that??" But songwriters can get in on this action as well.

For one songwriting session, drop your politeness and let your sense of sarcasm take the wheel. You might be surprised at how much power it brings to your work.

Of course, you'll want to use good judgment in deciding whether to bring the resulting song into the public light. If it's too mean-spirited, don't perform it. But save that sober review for another day. Today, don't hold back. Go for it!

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