As a songwriter that always used a portable cassette recorder (and sometimes a micro-cassette recorder) along with pen & paper for writing down lyric and chord ideas, I found that trying to organize all these snippets into some coherent system for later use and reference was laborious and incomplete. Even today there are song ideas that I know I captured somewhere at some point, but I don’t know where they are, and my mind is of course too feeble to remember how the songs went after an often surprisingly brief passage of time.
The iPhone has streamlined this process for me, in both the capturing of ideas and in their organization. It’s great to have one handheld device that’s always with me and that can serve an increasingly useful purpose. Below I outline my basic process in hopes that it might give you some idea of the capabilities, and perhaps inspire you to begin streamlining your own creative process. (more…)