Are you too young to write deep music?

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Are you too young to write deep songs?It’s a ridiculous question, I know — and of course the answer is no!

You can probably think of a dozen artists right now off the top of your head who creatively peaked on their first or second album.

Hell, The Beatles had pretty much run their course by the time the Fab Four started hitting 30.

BUT…

But…

There’s also something that can happen with age: call it depth, wisdom, world-weariness, experience, or just a “who gives a damn, I’ve been around long enough to follow my instincts instead of trends” attitude.

Which brings us to:

I saw this short video clip of an interview with songwriter Aimee Mann on the Sonicbids Blog and immediately thought of some of our previous age-related posts, including:

You’re NEVER too old to make it

Are you too old to make it?

Mary Gauthier more than makes up for lost time

Letter to a young songwriter

Certain things in the music industry do get more difficult as you age, but if you’re lucky, songwriting can be one area where you continue to shine brighter and brighter.

If you’re a young songwriter, do you find yourself worrying about reception, trends, and being “cool” — possibly to the detriment of your music?

If you’re an older songwriter, has your skill improved with age?

I’d love to hear your perspectives in the comments below.

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  • Karina Skye

    Totally agree!!! I’ve been writing songs since I was 12. Released my first original album at 14. Now I am 35 and my writing has totally changed. I actually divide my career into the “unconscious” and conscious times. My songwriting, until about 7 years ago, was all about relationships, break ups, boys, dancing and partying, being cool or not giving a damn… The theme was mostly shallow stuff and I always worried about the trends, what would sell, or trying to write that big hit. Then, as I grew myself, as I started practicing Yoga, as I discovered myself and what made me different than everyone else, I entered the “conscious writing” phase. I write with intention now; my lyrics have a purpose and a deeper meaning. I also discovered how much influence music has on shaping our society… Music is actually a huge responsibility. The kids are listening about partying and being cool and that’s what they think is cool. We sing songs over and over in our heads and don’t realize the deep imprint it can have in our subconscious. So I chose to create a positive sand powerful imprint on people’s subconscious. It’s interesting you are mentioning this. Age does make a difference… And you can see as the Beatles grew, their songwriting improved as well… We can see that nowadays the big companies mostly promote young artists… Maybe because they can mold them into something whereas older artists already have a certain style and frame of mind that might not necessarily fit their agenda. Music during the 60,70, and even the 80s were more personal and deep than it is today… But I’m glad we have CD baby and we have soooooo many indi artists out there with great content doing it on their own. We need to bring content back to music and make art personal again instead of trying to follow recipes and keep the audience numb… http://www.karinaskye.com

    • Nice. Thanks for commenting. I’ve also found myself making more active/conscious decisions in my writing too, which I think leads to a more interesting place.

      @ChrisRobley

  • I am totally agree with your post there is no specific age to start writing songs. Songwriting comes from inner soul and it is pen down along the notes of a paper. Well the age doesn’t count for a talent to come out. Songwriters must always look for ways to show their talent avoiding these type of misconceptions. If you love your profession, go with it. Certain platforms have joined their hands to give them a stage to show this hidden talent. It is up to you to find the best opportunity for you.