The Chrysalis

A songwriter's blog about songwriting

Leslie Hudson has been writing songs for 30 years, with 10 solo albums, an instrumental EP, and 2 band albums to her name.

She's participated in international songwriting challenges collaborating with musicians all over the world, which led her to co-write a rock musical, and complete a pop culture album from concept to submission in 6 weeks.

Storytelling is at the heart of every song she writes and every album she constructs, whether it's folk, rock, metal, Irish, chant, blues, or the tapestry of her mind where they intersect.

Let's talk the craft of songwriting, why we write songs at all, where they come from, and what they mean.

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Giving Silence Room

Try to remember to leave space to say nothing now and then.

In my songs there's a lot I want to say.

My first inclination is to say it all. I want to tell you all about the story, the…

Going to the Source

Choosing which stories to write songs about means sorting through a list of variables first.

My specialty is writing folktale- and myth-inspired, modern-sounding songs.

I call them Wanderlings. When I first started writing them under this title I had a…

The Big Picture

Where to start when you want to write a concept album  Start with the big questions first, then narrow your vision and focus on the details.

Ask yourself: 


  • Why do you want to make a concept album?
  • Do you…