Inspiring quotes always prove to be a motivating tool in the realm of the creative world. Whether you're looking for quotes to put in a classroom setting, looking for something to put on a t-shirt, or you're looking for quotes that you'd like to keep to yourself to motivate you on days where you're suffering from songwriter's block, check out these quotes that will really have an effect on you if you're a songwriter like me who loves inspiring words and insights on other creators' approach to music. Feel free to add some of your favorites in the comments if you don't see them here.
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"Songwriting is a muscle. The more you do it, the better you get at it." - Jason Derulo
"Songwriting is a very mysterious process. It feels like creating something from nothing. It's something I don't feel like I really control." - Tracy Chapman
"If you pour your life into songs, you want them to be heard. It's a desire to communicate. A deep desire to communicate inspires songwriting." - Bono
"Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction." - Jimi Hendrix
"Songwriting is my gift from God." - Smokey Robinson
"Those in power write the history, while those who suffer write the songs." - Frank Harte
"Songwriters write songs, but they really belong to the listener." - Jimmy Buffett
"You wind up creating from silence, like painting a picture on a blank canvas that could bring tears to somebody's eyes. As songwriters, our blank canvas is silence." - Rodney Atkins
"Often the simplest song is the hardest to write." - Patti Smith
"My best songs were written very quickly. Just about as much time as it takes to write it down is about as long as it takes to write it. I'm just the postman, I deliver the songs...I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet." - Bob Dylan
"I think songwriting is the ultimate form of being able to make anything that happens in your life productive." - Taylor Swift
"I think songwriting was the biggest way that I found my identity." - Camila Cabello
"Songwriting is my way of channeling my feelings and my thoughts. Not just mine, but the things I see, the people I care about. My head would explode if I didn't get some of that stuff out." - Dolly Parton
"There's an element to songwriting that I can't explain, that comes from somewhere else. I can't explain that dividing line between nothing and something that happens within a song, where you have absolutely nothing, and then suddenly you have something. It's like the origin of the universe." - Nick Cav
"There's a lot of personal stuff that can go into songwriting but there's also a lot of dramatization and fictionalization. You have to do that to make a good song." - Norah Jones
"My experience with songwriting is usually so confessional, it's so drawn from my own life and my own stories." - Taylor Swift
"I have a structured songwriting process. I start with the music and try to come up with musical ideas, then the melody, then the hook, and the lyrics come last. Some people start with the lyrics first because they know what they want to talk about and they just write a whole bunch of lyrical ideas, but for me, the music tells me what to talk about." - John Legend
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"I started being a songwriter pretending I could do it, and it turned out I could." - James Taylor
"Songwriting is like ... being possessed. You try to go to sleep but the song won't let you." - John Lennon
"I was washing dishes at the Greyhound bus station at the time and I said, 'Awap bop a lup bop a wop bam boom, take 'em out!'" - Little Richard
"Songwriting is the cheapest psychiatrist I know." - Billy Joe Shaver
"Songwriting is Hell on Earth. If it isn't, then you're doing it wrong." - Jimmy Webb
"Songwriting is like talking to yourself when there is no one to talk to." - Brittany Howard
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