How can I write a song?

How should I start? What should I know about writing songs? Any advices? Anything can 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 - A HANDFUL OF WATER

    I tried to hold a handful of water

    Tried to save it; I was gentle and sure

    But it just slipped right through my hand

    In a way I still can’t understand

    I tried so hard to keep it here

    My hands are soaking wet, but there’s nothing there

    Life isn’t fair when holding a handful of water

    Like the water, she nurtures my health

    Refreshing and cool, restoring myself

    So smooth and clear, so natural and pure,

    Now she’s gone and I can’t find her anymore

    I tried so hard to keep her here

    My hands are soaking wet, but there’s nothing there

    Life isn’t fair when holding a handful of water

    BRIDGE

    Since you ran out, I don’t think I can survive

    You wash the world away; you make me feel alive

    I thirst to touch you, like the Earth thirsts for rain

    I’ll keep cryin’, I’ll keep tryin’, until I hold you again

    INSTRUMENTAL BRIDGE

    I tried to hold a handful of water

    Tried to save it; I was gentle and sure

    But it just slipped right through my hand

    In a way I still can’t understand

    I tried so hard to keep her here

    My hands are soaking wet, from the fall of my tears

    Life isn’t fair when holding a handful of water

    Love isn’t fair, like holding a handful of water

    Trying to love you is like holding a handful of water

    Laughing Dolphin Music

  • 5 years ago

    the best way to get good at it is write every single day as much as u can or as little as u want about what your feeling, what you're going through, or anything your passionate about and with time you'll get better at it. Ready is also really important because it gives you inspiration and if you're still in school it's important to pay attention in you English/Language class and remember not all songs have to rhyme lol

  • 5 years ago

    Write a poem and set it to music.

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