Yesterday I did something I didn’t want to do.

See, was trying to come up with some new ideas for a series of videos to post on my YouTube channel. I couldn’t get this one idea out of my head. I mentioned it to Pam, and she thought it was a good idea. The only problem was, as I said already, I didn’t want to do it.

The topic? Songwriting. I love songwriting. I really do. Nothing we do in the studio happens until a song is written. I’ve written lots of songs over the years, but I’ve never talked much about my songwriting process. I’ve only ever written a song on camera once for a video series for my VIP Members.

When I thought about a video series on songwriting, one thing I knew for sure: I don’t want to “teach” songwriting. That feels pointless. “Hello, my name is Joe, and in this video I will give you my 4-step formula for writing a song.”

Barf.

Rather than be “Professor Joe,” teaching you songwriting techniques, I felt it would be infinitely better and productive for me to simply write a song and document the process. I need to write songs for all these EP’s I want to release this year anyway, SO there it is. I’m going to write more songs on camera for you to see my process, if that’s something you’re into.

Here’s the rub. Songwriting is a fairly personal process. To play a song for someone or to release a song to the public can be a bit daunting, but allowing people to watch your songwriting process? That, I’ll be honest, freaked me out a little bit.

I spent a few days “deliberating” on the idea, and I finally realized something fairly simple — If I feel that afraid of doing it, it’s probably a good idea. 🙂

I’ve found that to be true in my life over and over. If something scares me, there’s a good chance it’s something I need to do, a mountain I need to climb, a fear I need to punch in the face.

And so…

The first video is at the top of this post.

Happy watching and writing! (And if you’re a terribly insecure, doubt-filled musician, welcome to the club!)

Joe Gilder
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