Everybody knows songwriters are lovesick.
It’s not just the heart broken over cheating lovers.
I just wrote one a couple weeks ago called “Never.” It’s not copyrighted yet, but it takes some twists and turns as two people play around without committing, until the singer refers to their unwillingly hushed voices:
“Never letting our love show.
Take it with you when you go.”
Hard to absorb without the music, but it is striking how this theme has stayed with me through two CDs and a frustrating unrequited love I thought I was long since past.
Songwriters have an uncanny knack for self-absorption, though I do have a few songs in my repertoire that tell stories, examine the peacetime conflicts of war and actually exult about happy relationships.
What makes hurt so marketable? We’ve all been there, I guess. What theme do you come back to repeatedly? What is the language that lurks longest and deepest in the firing synapses of your brain, in your heart and gut, until it oozes out of you like sweat on a hot day? Is it part of your DNA? Or will you get over it?