I borrowed the book 'Striking Thoughts' by Bruce Lee from a friend, its been a real inspiring read. He has something he calls his "4 postulates of effective art" It got me thinking about songwriting and how I can learn from his ideas. Below are his four postulates and then some thoughts that came to my mind.
1.) 'Individuality rather then imitative repetitiousness' - this is a tough one, especially for something like music where we build so much on chords and structures that came before us. Its basically how we learn to play music, by imitating it. I was thinking maybe an avenue for individuality could be found in someones guitar tone, or the way in which they record.
2.) 'Brevity rather then bulkiness' - I automatically went to a couple songs in my head that I love for this reason. Like a song with a long build for a sweet chorus that only happens once, makes me a patient listener.... and its here and then gone.
3.) 'Clarity rather then obscurity' - Lyrics? I don't know.....
4.) 'Simplicity of expression rather then complexity of form' - I've heard people say things like "if the songs good then the recording can be whatever, the performance and composition will still get through to the listener." Not going over the top with details to get your point across. Tightening up the whole process.