–Mr. Miyagi—The Karate Kid (1984):
“Walk on road.
Walk right side. Safe.
Walk left side. Safe.
Walk middle, sooner or later… squish just like grape.
Here karate same thing.
Either you karate do, yes.
Or karate do, no.
You karate do, guess-so… squish just like grape.”
Well I ain’t about to say: “You songwrite do, guess-so, squish just like grape.” But I will challenge you a different way. Something you might not have seen before.
Miyagi was rapping on Danielson’s noggin’. You don’t learn Karate to whip someone’s gluteus to the maximus.
It’s an inner peaceful kinda thang. Life and spiritual balance.
Self-defense is a byproduct, and if studied right, you learn about life and yourself so you DON’T HAVE TO fight.
If you’ve taken martial arts, and not a punk learning how to whip someone’s boo-tay across town, You’re prob’ly just learning to defend yourself.
Or, you might be learning to have physical, emotional, and spiritual balance.
If you’ve been songwriting for a time, you know it is very much the same.
In a way songwriting IS a form of emotional self-defense…
We learn more about ourselves and life through the process of songwriting.
If that’s true, that means there’s some kind of connection between the two.
What if we switch that puppy around…
learn more about songwriting through the process of life?
Oh baby. Could we?
Me thinks we could.
Run with me a sec…
Funny how elements of songs have some of the exact same elements in our life, and yet we think songwriting is this big thing.
Well, it’s not.
Fact is, in September’s Tune Booster, I’ll show you how something you see every stinkin’ day is just like how you start writing a song.
I bet you never even made the connection either.
In fact, you’ll probably never look at them the same way.
I’ll have you thinking about songs all day long.
Ain’t that the way it’s supposed to be?
September’s issue is on its way, about to kick August’s in the boot-tay. https://www.tunesmithtips.com/newsletter/