Archive for June, 2011
Are you stuck for inspiration? Here are a few tips to help you launch your song writing career. All too often, we have that urge to write a song just for the heck of it or sometimes, we get bitten by the creative bug and get infected with a disease called song writing. For frustrated song writers who cannot seem to get beyond the first step, the following tips could serve you in good stead next time you get that all too familiar feeling of creativity.
- Always carry around a small notepad or a diary where you can write everything interesting that you see or hear. Sometimes, all it takes is a single phrase from someone to get your pen flying off like a magic wand and start scribbling. Inspiration is the mother of creativity and it does not take a lot to inspire someone who has an artistic inclination to create magic out of ordinary conversations or mundane objects. So, always keep a pen and paper handy at all times so that the next time inspiration strikes, you will be ready to write it down. Before you know it, you may be able to compile enough notes to complete a whole song.
- Never take anything for granted and learn to discern the emotions beyond every conversation you have with people. It is not difficult to gather a whole volume of encyclopedia on feelings if you are alert to the nuances of emotional dynamics. You should always be willing to listen especially when people are talking to you about their feelings. Be sincere and sensitive to how they feel because people only start to open up when they feel that the person they are talking to is sincerely interested. You can gather a lot of ideas from what they tell you and from what they are not telling you.
- Think like an artist and learn to find the inner beauty in everything you see. A drop of rain or a falling leaf is enough to trigger a plethora of thoughts and emotions. Be imaginative and look at things at different angles. You will be surprised at how much you can learn by looking at something or someone differently. Artistry is differentiated from skills by imagination. It is what distinguishes a piece of clay from a beautiful vase. How you see things will only be limited by your imagination. So get out of your room and see the world in a whole new light and you will be amazed at the treasure trove of ideas you can get out of a single walk through the neighborhood.
- It is definitely a reality that your love for song writing will not take off unless you know how to play a musical instrument. But if you do not know how to play one, there is no need to despair; you can always find someone to collaborate with you in creating the melodies. It can be a friend, a member of the family, someone from the church choir or the glee club. There are hundreds of people who would be willing to give you a hand if you try hard enough to find one.
Anyone can write songs. It is a wonderful outlet for creative minds to express their thoughts and their emotions through the lyrics of a song. It is also a very lucrative business for anyone who is thinking of making it a career or profession. You can make millions out of writing songs that becomes a hit in the top chart. There are many popular songs that have been created by ordinary individuals who write songs as a pastime and suddenly, they are plunged into celebrity status, all because of one song.
Song writing can be done by a single individual or a group of people working together to create music. Most song writers start out in this profession without any formal training or degrees in music. It does help to have a certain amount of background in music or skills in playing a music instrument and some even take supplementary training in order to polish up their song writing skill or improve their home-grown talents well enough to earn income from this activity.
In the music industry, there are people who write song and publish it on their own without hiring professionals to manage their careers. In some music recording companies, they can hire hundreds of song writers who get paid a handsome amount to create music for performing artists or for publishing agents.
A college degree in music or diplomas from music colleges is not a requirement but it would certainly be an advantage. If song writing is what you like to do and do best, then all you need is inspiration and passion. Interest and love for music is innate in nature. It is something that a person may be born with or not at all. Some people hear or see something that can spark a new idea or cause them to want to create music and before you know it, a song is written.
Passion is what drives a person to feel the urge to do something out of the ordinary. A passionate person creates with strong emotions. That is why the lyrics in many songs reflect the song writer’s own emotional state. When you listen to their song, you cannot help but empathize with the writer’s anguish and pain. If the lyrics are cheerful, you also feel uplifted, and when the music is sad, you cannot help but feel emotionally drawn.
Song writing is but one of the many ways artists expresses their feelings. Just like in painting and other forms of art, people are magnetized by the artist’s skill in conveying what they feel through the lyrics of the song. When a song writer is skillful in articulating his thoughts through music, you can feel the energy of the song flow through your body like wine and you are intoxicated with its melody.
Sometimes, a song can be associated with an important event so much so that when you hear the song, you automatically remember the event. Some people can even recall the name of old movies from the 60’s all because it has a popular soundtrack. That is what makes song writing a fulfilling career and what makes writers keep on writing beautiful music.
Song writing is a lucrative business and you can find a lot of opportunities to make money out of writing songs whether it is for a specific music artist or for publication. The music industry offers a lot of opportunities for budding song writers who have the talent and the guts to show what they have. Millions of people all over the world are busy with their music sheets creating music that somehow make its way to the music studios and talent managers or publishers would only be too happy to run after you once they like what you are dishing out.
Nowadays, people are becoming more aware and interested about how a song becomes number one. Everyone knows that a singer only gives life to the song but they also know that the singer is not always the one who writes the song. Whenever a song wins a Grammy or an Oscar, everyone would want to know who wrote it and give due credit to the song writer who created the song.
Song writing is a great hobby if you are doing it just for fun or entertainment. But it can also be turned into cash or sustainable income. Song writers who succeed in getting their songs published are paid handsomely in terms of professional fees. There are royalties and other income to be earned if the song makes it to the top chart and music companies will be scrambling over each other offering you a lot of benefits and incentives as long as they get to keep you in their payroll. It is their business to scout for promising artists and once they are convinced that you have what it takes to spell success, they will be after you day and night to get you signed in.
It is all too well to be star struck and spellbound by their beautiful promises. Song writing is indeed a great way to make thousands or even millions in revenue. It can be a onetime deal but if luck continues to smile on you, song writing can launch you into a lifelong career that is both rewarding and fulfilling. But luck is only one part of the whole story. Talent is an inborn trait and not everyone is born an artist. That is why you must also know how to protect the talent you have invested and ensure that the money keeps rolling in long after you retire.
Song writing as a career may have its opportunities, but it also has pitfalls. For these reason, it is wise to know how to protect yourself from unscrupulous individuals who may be out to take advantage of you or double talk you into a trap. You can hire an agent, manager or a publicist who will know the ins and outs of the music industry and will do the job of protecting you from undue exploitation. You should also read up on copyright laws or consult a legal counselor to make sure you get paid properly and receive all the benefits due you.