The NY Times has a wonderful new blog feature called Measure for Measure: How To Write Songs and Other Mysteries. As detailed in the "About the Blog" section:
The "accomplished songwriters" include Andrew Bird, Darrell Brown, Rosanne Cash and Suzanne Vega. If the first post by Andrew Bird is any indication ("Words Will Tell") the blogs will get very detailed about each songwriter's writing process/thoughts - the true creative process.
With music now available with a single, offhand click, it's easy to forget that songs are not born whole, polished and ready to play. They are created by artists who draw on some combination of craft, skill and inspiration. In the coming weeks, the contributors to this blog -- all accomplished songwriters -- will pull back the curtain on the creative process as they write about their work on a songs in the making.
Here's to the "calcified arhythmitist" in all of us (read Mr. Bird's post to get that one) and may the Muse be with us all... Happy Friday!