A Few Songwriting Tools Plus A New Song Demo

My phone (I have an iPhone 4) is one of the most valuable tools I use for songwriting. So is Evernote. Besides my Bible, my brain ,and my guitar, they are probably #4 and #5 on the importance list (I see a “top 5” post coming soon). Anyway, my songwriting process usually looks like this:

  1. Read a passage from the Bible that stirs something inside of me.
  2. Play a simple chord progression on guitar and try to arrange the words of the passage into something interesting and melodic.
  3. Write it out in Evernote.
  4. Record a rough demo on my phone (typically just using the built-in voice recorder app).

This all typically happens in one sitting.

So, yesterday I wrote out a simple verse and chorus from Psalm 23. I titled it “Though I Walk Through The Valley”. This morning I put in another verse and a bridge and recorded a rough demo with my phone. Here’s what I’ve got:

[audio:http://www.brianwahlmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/though-i-walk-through-the-valley-iphone-demo.mp3|titles=though-i-walk-through-the-valley-iphone-demo]

I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on the song itself, as well as your songwriting process.