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Songwriting Tips

Aspiring tunesmiths should commit these to memory. Remember, this is coming from the guy who, in 1956, told Jerry Lee Lewis maybe he should go home and work up some rock 'n' roll. For amplification of the topics hereunder, see the documentary Cowboy Jack's Home Movies (or, Shakespeare Was A Big George Jones Fan)

  1. Remember that experts are often wrong.
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  3. Experts tend to be narrow and opinionated.
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  5. Experts don't buy records.
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  7. There's nothing wrong with waltzes if they're played right.
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  9. A good song gets better with age.
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  11. Reveal some of yourself with most of your songs.
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  13. Don't get stuck on one song too long. Work on other songs as you go.
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  15. Learn to grow from setbacks, delays and getting your feelings hurt.
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  17. Write the worst song you can think of.
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  19. Write the best song you can think of.
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Jack Clement, songwriter for Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Charley Pride, George Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Garth Brooks