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David Crosby, Blues For Peace

Song Writing

By David Crosby
Very often song writing ideas come to me when I'm falling asleep- when the busy mind gets out of the way and the intuitive, imaginative mind gets a shot at the steering wheel. My friend, science fiction writer, William Gibson, told me, "It's an established phenomenon. The elves take over the workshop. That's why all writers keep a pen and paper by their bedside."

I know it's not this verbal crystallization level that writes the songs.I'll give you an example. I was sailing down the coast in my sailboat in the middle of the night, 100 miles off the coast. I'm off watch and sound asleep. Suddenly, I wake up, grab a pad of paper, and write all the words to "Shadow Captain" in one blurt: "Shadow captain of a charcoal ship, tryingto give the light the slip." I had never once thought of any of those images.But some part of my head was cooking it up, because it came out as fast as I could write.

So it's a matter of putting yourself in contact with the intuitive level of your mind where the longer connections and bigger leaps take place.And part of that is just making a space for it. If you're into spiritual practice, you make a space where every day you can make contact with your higher self, whatever you call it - God, dog. I call it Marnie. You make a place where that can happen to you and for you. And it's the same way with song writing. (Guitar Player Oct., 1993)

Crosby, Stills and Nash Guitar Tab

    Crosby, Stills and Nash: Greatest Hits  Performed by Crosby, Stills and Nash. Songbook for voice, piano and guitar (chords only). 128 pages. Published by Hal Leonard.
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    Crosby, Stills and Nash: Best of Crosby, Stills & Nash  Performed by Crosby, Stills and Nash. Guitar tablature songbook for guitar and voice. Series: Hal Leonard Guitar Recorded Versions (Authentic note-for-note transcriptions). 158 pages. Published by Hal Leonard.
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    Crosby, Stills and Nash: Southern Cross  Performed by Crosby, Stills and Nash. Single for voice, piano and guitar chords. A Major. 8 pages. Published by Hal Leonard.
    Helplessly Hoping  Performed by Crosby, Stills and Nash. By Stephen Stills. Arranged by Philip Lawson. (SATTBB A Cappella). King's Singer's Choral. Size 6.75x10.5 inches. 12 pages. Published by Hal Leonard.

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