Make every song a love song.
It need not be about a romantic relationship. But it needs to be built on loving connection.
Your song needs to be intimately connected to something (or someone) you care about--something to which you belong.
Your song must be in love with itself. Each line needs to love the one next to it. Each chord must love the note it underscores.
The rhythm and style of your song must be devoted to your song's subject--must support it and care for it.
Your song must love its hearer. It must be written in such a way as to honour and bless its audience.
You need to love your song, and your song needs to love you. Write the song that will care for you when you are sick, be present to you when you are lonely, delight you every day of your life.
Write the song you can commit to, that will commit itself to you.
Write the song that you love singing, that proclaims your love for the guitar, that speaks to your love of language. Write the song that testifies to the rhythm of life.
If your song is not a love song, it will not find its way into anyone's heart. But if it is, it will live with you forever.
Even if your song is about loss, or longing, if it is written with love and reverence, it will reveal the underlying beauty of the world.
Make every song a love song to life.