What inspires you to write songs?Louise (Philippines)
Hi Louise –
I’m inspired to write songs by many things and it changes as I get older. I think I began writing songs (age 16) to express stuff going on inside of me that I couldn’t put into words. I wasn’t a very good communicator. Plus the culture I grew up in was reserved; nobody talked about their feelings. If you listen to my early albums you’ll hear a kid full of self-doubt and questions. I was motivated to write songs because of pain and insecurity. Emotional survival, really.
In my twenties I was inspired to write about the stuff people in their twenties write about. The big themes. Love lost. Love found. God, religion. Who am I? What do I believe? Regrets.
These days (I’m 40 now) I’m more interested in familial themes. My wife Heidi and I have four boys and we’re in the thick of raising a family. So I’m inspired by watching my kids see things for the first time. I’m inspired by simple things that kids remind you off. The other day my four-year-old said matter of factly, “It’s so hard to see in the dark.” That stuff makes me want to write a song!
As I’m writing you, I’m remembering this song I haven’t released. It’s called “Different Way” and it’s all about seeing life in a different way as we grow older. Here are the lyrics.
Simply put, Louise, “seeing life in a different way” is what inspires me. And it’s usually based around the season I’m in.
Thanks for the question!
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