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Experience is everything. I write custom songs for free. They can be about anything you want. Just email me: ziasami at google's mail service. I write them for free, perform them for free (if it's for an event or a loved one perhaps), stream them for free, and you can download the mp3 on a pay-what-you-wish basis (no minimum).
Words first, always. That doesn't mean that I always start with the lyrics, but it does mean that I can easily form a song around an idea, concept, or hook. I carry around a stack of index cards, each with their own lyrical idea, one or two words at most. I pull them out when I sit down to write and I build sounds around the words, and there's this avalanche that happens where more words come crashing down onto paper, flooding me with thoughts, memories, and imagery.
A lot of the stuff singer songwriters create ultimately has no emotional value. Their words just sound good against catchy chord progressions. This is aesthetically pleasing, but it's ultimately worthless. I avoid this type of songwriting at all costs. And it's ...