All these are excellent points, the first point being the one that works for me 90% of the time. Imo, having no idea what to do leads to the best ideas in a lot of cases. I know he wasnt the first to say it but I love Kenny Beats saying of “dont over think shit”. Once i started implementing that into my workflow things started coming to me naturally which ultimately made In My Head I’m Playing My Drums T Gift For Drummer T-Shirt my tracks better in the end. Finishing a song (pt 4), no matter how good or bad it was also helped me ton. As I progressed i was able to come back to a 75% completed song with fresh ears and actually finish them. Rather that having endless amounts of 8-16 bar loops that would almost never see the light of day again.
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All of this is great advice that I wish I would of had when I first started, potentially eliminating a lot of the struggles I had early on. I know im replying to you like your the one asking for the advice & not OP, but to OP this is the best way. Atleast in my personal opinion. In My Head I’m Playing My Drums T Gift For Drummer T-Shirt Thanks for the write up, no matter how advanced you are sometimes reading the basics can help to snap your brain out of any rut you’ve found you way in.I think you’re holding yourself to too many expectations. Just write a song, man. Don’t write the best song of your life, don’t try to write a specific song, just write something basic and derivative and generic about any topic in the world. Don’t take it so seriously- you’re writing songs, not defusing bombs.
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Record a rough version of whatever you end up writing and reevaluate it in a week or so with fresh ears. Is it any good? Cool, refine it. Add more parts, change the verse, add harmonized vocals to the chorus, whatever strikes your fancy. Maybe even try to cover it in a different style. Or if you feel like there’s really nothing of value there, scrap it entirely. It’s almost never some divine lightning bolt of inspiration that quickly gives birth to a good song, it’s dozens or even hundreds of previous works that are stepping stones along the way. In My Head I’m Playing My Drums T Gift For Drummer T-Shirt Just write songs, man. You’ll get there eventually From there I’ll have a general idea of the feel or pace, and then will use Logic Pro’s built-in Drummer to come up with a basic beat that feels right for those chords/rhythm, and build from there.