I've been listening to some gorgeous, genuinely touching songs on 50/90 lately, full of sincere emotion, and I truly think they're absolutely terrific! But when I sit down to try to write something serious myself, it always feels maudlin and silly. It's not that I'm an emotionless robot -- really, I promise, I cried when Tony Stark died as much as anyone! -- but maybe my songwriting neural paths just are not wired that way? Or I just have to try harder and force myself through, however silly I feel (maybe it's a defense mechanism)?
Does anyone else have a hard time writing seriously emotional songs? Does anyone who gravitates towards writing such songs ever have a hard time writing something more frivolous (if you want to)? I should probably just write what I feel like writing and have fun, since fun is the only reason I'm doing this. But maybe I'm selling myself short by not pushing myself harder thematically.