Phil Bearce Interview

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Singer/songwriter Phil Bearce has been performing and writing in the Bay Area for many years. Phil recently started using Lilac Writer. He graciously agreed to an interview about his music and his approach to songwriting.

Phil, you have been involved with songwriting and performing for a few decades now. What is it about the music that keeps you engaged in the process?

I love everything about songwriting. I’ve always been fascinated by people who can write, novelists in particular. It always amazes me that someone can expound for endless paragraphs on one subject. I just can’t do it. I suppose that’s why I write songs, there’s an economy of words. You have to be a little craftier to get your point across in fewer words.

You have just started using Lilac Writer. How do you see it helping your songwriting?

The best part (so far) is that I don’t have to keep my songs and parts of songs in my little flash drive anymore. Napkins were replaced by the flash drive and Lilac Writer will replace the flash drive. My lyrics are right there anywhere I go. I also really like that I can go back to earlier iterations. And although I haven’t used this functionality yet, I’d like to try out the collaborative bits as well.

Tell us a little bit about how you write songs. Do you have a process or routine, or do you wait for inspiration to strike?

I have a couple ways of writing, both start with an idea or a clever line/title. These ideas come to me while driving back and forth to work. I try to flesh out the story or idea by writing (in long hand) as much of the story or idea as I can, with no thought of rhyme or meter. The only thing I worry about here is, “is it a complete story with a beginning, middle and end?” And, "Is it interesting?" Then it starts taking shape and I rewrite it as many times as I need to before I think it’s a song. This is the part I love, the crafting and honing until it's perfect. I almost always write the words first – then make music to fit the words.

For more about Phil and his music read the full interview.

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