If you want to pursue a career in the music industry, but you haven’t been blessed with the voice or ability to play a musical instrument well, then song writing could be the perfect solution.
The majority of famous artists don’t actually write their own songs and whilst songwriters oftentimes remain behind the scenes, it can be a highly lucrative career for those who are happy to stay out of the spotlight.
As with pretty much any job in the music industry, being a successful songwriter who gets to work alongside recognized artists can be extremely competitive and frustrating.
What separates the winners from the losers is the ability to write musical poetry, which stands out from the average lyrics dumped on the desks of producers on a daily basis. Your song should be attention grabbing, as well as poignant.
Write A Story
Most songwriters find themselves battling with frustration when they first start out, as they often try to run before they can walk.
They become confused and overwhelmed by trying to fit their words into a couple of minutes of song and they focus too much on the structure of the lyrics, rather than the message.
Like any creative story, good songs will have a beginning, middle and an end. If you can successfully write a song that tells an intriguing story, it will be more relatable and there is more chance of it sticking in someone’s mind.
Thus, increasing your chances of your lyrics actually being used to produce a song.
Think About The Music
Whilst this article focuses on the lyrical side of songwriting, it can be useful to have some idea of the tone and tempo of the backing music when starting to write the words.
For example, a soft tone and slow tempo calls for romantic, or somber lyrics so both the music and the words flow together in harmony.
Let Go Of Expectations
In order to allow your creative song writing juices to flow, you must first release all preconceptions or expectations of how you think the song “should” sound.
Perhaps you are trying to stick to a very specific genre, or fit your words into a standard song form. Whilst this can be a helpful and sometimes even necessary component of song writing, sometimes the creative process needs room to stretch to start generating killer ideas.
Put your pen to paper, and allow your focus to drift, giving your mind the freedom to go in any direction it pleases. If you feel yourself getting stuck, there are thousands of free resources available online to give you great tips about getting started with song writing, as well as overcoming songwriters block and brainstorming plot lines.
Don´t Contradict Yourself
Consistency is key when it comes to song writing. If your story plot focuses around an aged rock star drowning his sorrows in a bar over his latest break up, don’t start talking about him noticing all the pretty girls walking by.
As most songs last no longer than around 3 minutes, it is important to stay on topic throughout the story and focus your attention on one main character.
Finally, practice makes perfect and the best way to improve your song writing skills is to write as much as possible and then fine tune each draft until you are happy with the final product.