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  • When is a song done?

     kristian updated 3 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • jason-kalman

    Member
    January 27, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Hello fellow Indie Songwriters!

    At what point during the songwriting/recording process do you know a song is finished? I find that it is possible to tinker over minute details for way too long. Eventually, I stop working on the song due to fatigue and a desire to move on. So how do you know when your song is ‘finished cooking”?

    Thoughts?

    warm regards,

    Jason Kalman

  • kristian

    Administrator
    January 27, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Oh – this is a great question. Almost philosophical, really. I struggle with this one, especially as a solo act. Within a band or with co-writers – songs seem to get finished whether you’re ready or not. Could it be “done” (or done enough) once you’ve completed a rough demo, done your listening and critiquing, retooled and re-recorded enough… to where you are able to listen through without thinking (too much) like a songwriter?

    It’s to the point where you can stop and enjoy it (mmm these cookies are good – with your baking analogy) and not be thinking “what if I added more sugar?”

    Or maybe it’s just done once you start thinking more about the next song to work on (more of a – I guess that one is done now).

    Cheers,

    –Kristian

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