|How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
When the deadline has past and the cheque is in the bank!!!
One can always make changes to the most polished songs if you let yourself!
The piece tells me that she is ready
When i listen it couple of times
It just decides when its done...it's hard to explain but you always know when its done and its obvious when you put on one note too many - it just seems too cluttered. So, as in the words of the Edge, 'Less is more'.
I just do, the piece says "that's it!" and that's it! A few times I may think the piece is done but then there's a nagging feeling when I begin to practice it for performance like it has to modulate or that it needs a variation more. And even that it needs to be shortened here or there. But usually it's that feeling that "it's done"
Good question. But, somehow, I do (or at least I think I do). I don't like re-editing old works, but have learned to "get back into it" because of editing and proof-reading for publishers and performances.
The works are never finished !
You compose something at one moment of your life. But the day after, the month after, the year after, your point of view changes, your inspiration changes, your situation changes, your life changes... and you don't feel the same things. If you don't decide to put the final point on your piece, you might change it all the time ! It's always moving !
What I hate among all, is to come back to works I did in the past. I prefer compose something else !
When your senses have been fulfilled.
I'm not sure I will ever know this for sure. Even now I think I could go back and find a different or better word, phrase, melody or whatever for any of my songs. It really doesn't matter what I think about this it is more important that the hearer enjoy the song based on their own desires.
As far as I'm concerned nothing is ever finished, but if I didn't draw the line I would be working on the same piece for my whole life.
You dont until you start to play it.
Each artist has their own unique way of playing an instrument, and in what they can get out of it while giving the music soul at the same time.
When we start to play a piece, I am always open to changes that is going to bring about something special to the music.
Another artist/s or group might pick up the same piece of music that I have writen, and add thier own uniqueness to it. This is the wonderfull thing with music. It does not have to be stagnant, it can be so alive and adaptable.
It gels. It just seems to work. It's a somewhat subjective thing.
There is no such thing as absolute perfection. At a certain point a decision has to be made that I will go no further with a piece. I do sometimes make revisions in the light of the passage of time or on hearing it performed.
I ask my peers.
You just know intuitively- it is done or not
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