Readers recommend: share your songs about songwriting

Make your nomination in the comments and a reader will pick the best eligible tracks for a playlist next week – you have until Monday 17 October

This week it’s all about songs with creative self-awareness. What does the song have to say about its origins, its inspirations, its muse? What fuels the composition process or what hampers it? Does it reflect on its instrumentation? Does it apologise for its insufficiency? Does it anticipate its performance?

You have until 11pm on Monday 17 October to post your nomination and make your justification. Regular RR contributor Sheila Deane (who has set the theme and who posts in the comments as thoughtballoons) will select from your recommendations and produce a playlist.

Here is a list of all songs previously picked and therefore ineligible for the series.

If you want to volunteer to compile a playlist from readers’ suggestions – and potentially blog about the process/selection for the Guardian – please email matthew.holmes@theguardian.com with the subject line “RR guru”, or make yourself known in the comments.

Here’s a reminder of the guidelines for RR:

  • Tell us why it’s a worthy contender.
  • Quote lyrics if helpful, but for copyright reasons no more than a third of a song’s words.
  • Listen to others people’s suggestions and add yours to a collaborative Spotify playlist.
  • If you have a good theme, or if you’d like to volunteer to compile a playlist from readers’ suggestions, please email matthew.holmes@theguardian.com
  • There’s a wealth of data on RR, including the songs that are “zedded”, at the Marconium. It also tells you the meaning of “zedded” (picked for a previous playlist so ineligible), “donds” and other strange words used by RR regulars.
  • Many RR regulars also congregate at the ’Spill blog.

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