does anyone have any idea how to write a good song?

I'm trying to become a better songwriter but I need a lot of help to improve

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  • 4 months 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 

     

    Now That I’m Ready For Love 

     

    Another year wiser, another year older 

    Another day empty, another night colder 

    Another squandered opportunity 

    But now that I’m ready for love, no one’s ready for me 

     

    I sift through these streets, filled with aimless dancers 

    In calm desperation, still searching for answers 

    Leaves green and inviting, new rings on the tree 

    But now that I’m ready for love, no one’s ready for me 

     

    Young maidens sense some hot wave of emergency 

    They marry and mate in a false sense of urgency 

    As the hurried home crumbles, the fingers point blames 

    And all hold back burned hearts as they re-alter names 

    Never considering a cause holding true 

    That someone like me could want someone like you 

    That someone like me could need someone like you 

    That someone like me could love someone like you 

     

    INSTRUMENTAL BRIDGE 

     

    Another year wiser, another year older 

    Another day empty, another night colder 

    Another squandered opportunity 

    But now that you’re ready for love, are you ready for me? 

    Ready for me? 

    Really ready for me? 

    Now that you’re ready for love, are you ready for me.... 

     

    Laughing Dolphin Music

  • 4 months ago

    This is why people take classes, lessons, and even get college degrees in music. To stumble around by yourself, trying to write meaningful lyrics AND a good melody, harmony, rhythm, and overall structure, takes education and experience.  And then it STILL is not easy.  Do not believe that famous singers just locked themselves away in a cabin somewhere, and emerged with another hit album.  Chances are, they had  a ton of pros doing the hard work FOR them.  And those pros had the education and experience.  This is hard work for years, and education does not come cheap. So you better start today . . .

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