Hey! This is Conor- I head up our Publishing dept. here at Centricity. I find it such a blessing to work with talented men and women of God who are using their gifts to tell stories woven through music about their faith,pain,hopes,joy, and fears. We thought it would be neat for you to see in their own words what inspires them and also what the process looks like. This will be a two part post because we got such amazing response from our writers.
Seth Mosely(Me In Motion)-Personal experience is always the best inspiration to start with. It always ends up striking a much deeper chord emotionally than just going into a session and saying, “Lets write a song about ____” I believe that people relate better with things that you have personally gone through, or are dealing with. They listen to the story better if it’s your own.
Jason Germaine(downhere)-Starvation. No, I’ve heard that every artist has a wip. I think its out there in God world. What would make someone invent a piano? To be part of crafting something beautiful is like starting over. Songwriting is the distant cousin of God making another flower. It’s old, and always new.
James Tealy(Centricity Staff Writer)-I am a lyric guy so I am usually driven by a BIG IDEA. Songs come the easiest when we find a big hook that we know we are moving towards, a clear title and something inspiring that long to say to the world or sing to God.
Matt Papa-The idea that I could be shaping the theology of thousands of people. Theology is, according to A.W. Tozer, the MOST IMPORTANT THING about a person….what they think about God. And the thought that my song could possibly make people fall in love with Jesus more, paint a majestic picture of who He is, and cause people to WORSHIP Him, gets me more excited then probably anything else in this world.
2. When you have an idea for a song- do you write it down? What is your process in organizing thoughts and ideas?
Matt Papa-I do a few things. if i am at home, i immediately record all musical ideas on garageband. If i’m out, I’ll just make a voice memo. For lyrics, i have a journal that i take everywhere I go.
Jason Germaine-I have a book of ideas, then when the idea gets serious I use the back of old show posters to sus it out. Then I type a lyric into the computer and print it off so I can read it to sing on a demo.
Seth Mosley-I record it in my iphone sometimes. The process is always different. Sometimes an idea starts with recording a loop or riff on logic pro (or garageband) and building from there. But no matter what, there has to be some type of hook that drives the whole ship, and gets it started, whether it’s a lyrical, melodic, or musical hook.
James Tealy-I use Evernote on my iPhone and laptop and keep a list of titles, ideas, and lines. Evernote automatically syncs to an online server so when I write on my phone it shows up on my computer and vice versa.