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Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicLyrics · 5 years ago

I need help with songwriting!?

Alright, I want to enter a contest where you have to make your own song. I've always wanted to do one, so I'll join next month's. Thing is, I don't know where to start. I write stories on Wattpad, I'm really creative, but when it comes to poems and songs...yeesh. I have a title, Melophobia (which is the fear of music),but yeah. So fellow Yahoo! Answers songwriters, a little help?

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  • 5 years ago
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    How to Build a Song/Write a Lyrics Poem From Scratch

    1. What to write about

    Think of something or someone that inspires you

    Something or someone that bothers you

    Something or someone that changed your life

    A person you admire

    A childhood or travel memory

    A small incident in a moment that reversed itself in your life

    Any subject it seems no one talks about

    2. How to write it

    Pick a melody in your head or a catch phrase that you like and just flesh it out.

    You can change any song idea after getting stuck for some other new angle or different idea. Don't stay stuck long. Use your journal. Catch ideas that don't yet fit for later.

    Use a rhyming dictionary, thesarus (directory of concepts!) or some creativity exercise.

    Oh yeah....keep doing it. Someone once said "there's no such thing as a genius, just someone who practiced 100,000 times".

    3. Format for familiarity

    People often write lyrics as poetry, but fight the usual rhyming and formatting most

    popular songs use. It's your choice, but it also depends heavily on whether your target

    audience is going to "get" your work if you get away from a standard AABA format with

    a solid chorus and hook, or whether the object is to try new creative or innovative ideas.

    In the end, you decide how and what to tell the world. Personally, I believe in choruses,

    familiar rock/country/blues formats and whatever gets your audience to sing along.

    Usually, less is more and repeating a key line once or twice makes a point stand out.

    4. Standing on the shoulders of giants

    Someone somewhere blew you away with a song or two. What was it about

    that song that you liked? Would you like to try and make a song that

    blows people away like that too?

    Emulate your idols without copying, or be inspired by a song you just

    heard on the radio.

    Believe in what you're doing. The only thing the greats (Dylan, Lennon,

    etc.) had in common was the belief that they could change the world by

    doing what they did. They were right.

    5. Exhibit A

    Blind Pilot

    There’s been a recent history

    Red lights flashing emergency

    It’s come down to you and me

    To try and bring in this plane

    Communications breaking down

    Internal safety taken down

    Tryin’ to bring this thing around

    And avoid crashing in the rain

    There’s no room to make mistakes

    But I’ll do anything it takes

    Might be a hard landing but I’m a hero if I do

    CHORUS

    I’m a blind pilot - Here to save the day

    I’m a blind pilot - I won’t let this get away

    Let me hold the keys and drive it - I’m a blind pilot

    Difficult circumstances

    In a sky filled with romances

    Some others had their chances

    Somehow too scared to win

    Hard to believe I stand the only one

    Who wants to bring this beauty home

    I’m not afraid of new or unknown

    And I’m not too shy for all in

    I realize the tough conditions

    I’ve never been in this position

    Might be a hard landing but I’m a hero if I do

    I’m a blind pilot - Here to save the day

    I’m a blind pilot - I won’t let this get away

    This captain wants to fly with you in private - I’m a blind pilot

    INSTRUMENTAL BRIDGE

    There’s no room to make mistakes

    But I’ll do anything it takes

    Might be a hard landing but I’m a hero if I do

    I’m a blind pilot - Here to save the day

    I’m a blind pilot - I won’t let this get away

    This captain wants to fly with you in private - I’m a blind pilot

    Let me hold the keys and drive it - I’m a blind pilot

    Don’t leave me in the dark, let’s try it - I’m a blind pilot

    Laughing Dolphin Music

  • 5 years ago

    Well one thing is, don't start with the title.

    Now you can have a subject, Melophobia, to base your song off of and then AFTERWARDS pick the title.

    It's best off to start writing the instrumental so that when you write the lyrics you can make sure you write them with correct syllables and in a way that you can match the beat.

    But if you are mind blank and creative with words it is okay to start with lyrics too. I suggest you listen to a favorite song and see how opens up its lyrics in the beginning so you know what your first couple lines should be like and then you'll be moving into a nice chorus where you get the main point across in no time

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