This series asks songwriters to describe their writing process, and what influences them.
Here, Tim Foreman of Grammy-winning rockers Switchfoot talks about co-writing the band's songs with his brother, Jon.
"There's a certain level of vulnerability that's necessary to get past when you are writing a song. For us, music is such a personal thing. The meanings behind our songs are very personal. And trying to involve another person into that is a delicate one. Being brothers helps us fast forward through some of the uncomfortable stages of that and be really honest with each other.
Songwriting is different with not only every song, but every record. We're continually trying to trick ourselves into stumbling onto new processes. You don't want to travel to the same streams you've travelled to on other records. Having a different process for writing
each album helps that.
The classic Switchfoot songwriting process starts with Jon and an acoustic guitar, and a really simplified idea of a song. It's great to eliminate the variables of the other instrumentation to determine the worth of a song. Boil it down to just the vocal melody and the guitar and it's either a good song or it isn't. For this album, Vice Verses, we expanded that – we built more from a particular musical vibe that we wanted to deliver. We wrote songs around the vibe rather than the other way around. That was a really fun process, especially as a bass player. We built tracks from the rhythm section up."
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on May 24, 2012