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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.
The dictionary defines an amateur as a person who takes part in sports or other activities for enjoyment or interest, not as a job. So, an amateur song writer is someone who writes song simply because he or she is interested in creating songs and enjoys the feeling of having accomplished something. But some amateur song writers do get to earn a few bucks here and there when they are hired for small time projects such as writing songs for school plays, weddings, church choir and other private affairs. The payment is not really something that you can retire on but if there are many such affairs within the locality, the amount can accumulate and enable you to earn a decent income.
You can be doing something professionally like working in an office or the factory and earn income from being an amateur song writer on the side. There are many local events in the neighborhood that requires a talented individual to write songs for all kinds of affairs and you can take advantage of the opportunities that are available anytime. It may be just another means of giving vent to your talent but it can also be rewarding.
Birthdays are one of the best occasions where you can make money out of your talent. You can write a song that is especially customized to fit the birthday celebrant or the affair in general. There is nothing more flattering than to hear your name in the lyrics of the song and there are people who would even go to the extent of hiring a song writer to create a serenade or ballad for the woman of their life.
There are also schools within the district that will occasionally require the service of an amateur song writer to create songs intended for musical competitions, to dub school plays that are adapted from original works, creating songs for the glee club, for school hymns or writing songs for the choir. It will cost a lot to hire a professional song writer to do this kind of task when there is a local amateur song writer who can do it just as good if not better.
A lot of celebrity song writers started out from such ordinary and humble beginnings and you will never know where your fortune will take you once you get started. Being an amateur song writer is no small feat. Who knows? The songs you write might just accidentally find its way to the airwaves and before you know it, you are a celebrity.
Song writing may start out as something you enjoy doing as a hobby or pastime but to others, it is serious business. Talents are hard to find and they are almost always found in the most unlikely places. Once you are discovered, there is no telling what and where your talent will take you. Even without giving it a serious thought, if people look for you, it means you have something that is extraordinary and appreciated by a lot of people.