Sweet, sweet, sweet memories
As a songwriter, why not draw on your own experiences for inspiration? There's plenty of reasons to avoid it, because if one's experiences are painful, then such writing would re-live some of the pain.
Lord knows there are things I've avoided writing about. Losing my best friend was one of them. Partially because I didn't even know how to start. I wanted to paint a complete picture of him, before he passed, as he was.
The devil's in the details, though, and I soon caught myself remembering times when we were totally carefree, and made numerous mistakes that could've been quite serious under the right circumstances, but we seemed to make it out unscathed.
Later this summer the band will release "Irresponsible Days", and I hope you can identify, I think it's a universal experience, something one shouldn't have gotten away with, yet we somehow do. Looking back we wonder how we managed it. But we look back fondly.