Tag: how to be a songwriter
Have you ever had the experience of hearing a song and not being able to shake it off so much so that it lingers in your mind day after day after day? There are songs that you only hear once and immediately you get an emotional connection to it. You cannot stop humming the melody and makes you want to hear it again. Sometimes, the lyrics are so meaningful that you remember the lines of the song clearly and make you quote the words verbatim from memory.
If you are interested in writing songs, there are important tips that you have to keep in mind. Most songs share a few characteristics that make them a winner. The singer is only a vehicle for the song to be heard by the audience, but a really good song does not even need a diva to sing it, it will take off on its own and touch your heartstring to the core. So keep in mind the following ideas when you write your next song.
- Songs should have a good melody that relates to the message of the song. If your song is melancholic or sad, you would not want to have too much drums and acoustics ruining the flow of feeling by jarring the ear with a lot of noise. The melody of the song should flow with the emotions it conveys. It should unify the dynamics of feelings smoothly so that the listener can relate to it.
- Songs should have a strong emotional connection to the listener. So many times, a listener would remember one song when he or she feels happy and another song when feeling sad. All too often, we listen to a song either to reinforce what we feel or reverse it. That is how marching songs and battle hymns came to being.
- Songs should have a good title that is relevant and easy to remember. It must be able to define what the song is all about. A carefully crafted title will set the tone for the melody and the lyrics. When someone hears a song he or she likes, the immediate reaction would always be to ask for the title. Titles are usually bits and pieces of the lyrics or sometimes, it is a summary of the story being told through the song.
- The lyrics of the song should be clear and relevant. No matter which genre of music you are writing, the listener should be able to understand what the lyrics is all about. A song that has no relevant lyrics to speak of is nothing but noise. It can irritate the ears and trigger unexplainable reactions. It does not have to be poetic or rhythmic, it just need to be intelligible.
That is the secret of beautiful songs that makes it a winner. It has qualities that stand out above the rest and make it popular. No matter which singer performs the song or which version it is played, it remains as beautiful as ever and people will enjoy listening to it every time.