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Why I write songs

Fri, 2012-04-13 20:17 -- Tim Urban

Some people might think that you write songs for the same reason that you perform songs. And for some that might be true. But not for me. I sing and perform because I love to and it’s incredibly fun and people seem to really enjoy it. I have always enjoyed performing other peoples songs because there are a lot of great songs out there. As for writing though, I do that for different reasons. 

I write songs because I want to say very specific things. I want to give people a kind of picture of how I look at the world. I don’t think that I am the best song writer that has ever lived and as likely as not I will never be looked at as one of the greats. That’s ok with me! It’s not about that. For me, it is about sharing with the world how I feel about certain things. When I write a love song I’m not trying to write it for the sake of “writing a love song.” No I write love songs because I have very strong feelings about what I think about love and how I think it should look. Or how I want it to feel. Or maybe because I saw two people that looked so deeply in love that I couldn’t help but try and paint that picture with words. I don’t always succeed with my songs. I have notebooks full of songs that I couldn’t find the words to finish. And more with songs that I finished but I didn’t think really captured what I was wanting to say. You don’t always know how a song is going to turn out until it’s done and you look back on it. It can be a very frustrating process at times. I can sit and write three songs in a day or I can go months without ever finishing a song that I think is worth singing. Still I will continue to try and capture in words what I think about the world. I will try and paint pictures as best I can with the letters in my head. 

I write because I feel, because I hope, because I dream, and because I believe.