DJ Kandrew's Editors muse about the importance of spelling and the length of songwriting sessions.

on Jun 14, 2011

Life is like a box of songwriting sessions -- sometimes you're in it, sometimes you're also in it.

That seems to be the lesson Kara DioGuardi was telling us this week. When you're talking ish about your fellow contestant, when you're in the back of van en route to the motel, when you're holding hands with your fellow contestants -- you're in the songwriting session.

Number 1 Word That Inspires Road Trips

This week Kara and Jewel arrive to challenge the gang to write hooks inspired by the open road. Travel! Think about all the great art inspired by travel, from Kerouac toHostel you can find whatever you genre you choose in the open road.

So when the songwriters get key words to inspire them things should have been easy.

Except for tires. . . how is Nick supposed to write a song about tires? Nick gets tires and is really not pleased. Ourselves, we'd take this opportunity to write an update of Journey's "Wheel in the Sky," called "Tires in the SKy" but he refrained.

Personally, there were a lot of other road trip words we were surprised weren't in the mix: gas station, lost, extra socks, really lost, road bingo, beef jerky, rest station. . . .etc.

Besides the analogies hidden in wheels, something else was vexing Nick. It seems Jackie Tohn's emotional inspirations where a little too in-depth for his liking. Thus when she began the process of talking about how her perfect her inspiration word was he had to (had to) make giant "wrap it up gestures" as though she was the accepting the foreign director award at the Oscars (those people are always rushed).

Kara, having eyes, noticed and called Nick out. Saying he was currently in a songwriting session and considering his goon behavior she probably wouldn't work with him again. Surprisingly later in the episode Nick gets his his business together and actually writes with Jackie without turning very loud violin music over her while she's listing important people to thank, so at maybe he listened. . .