Spotify has been steadily emerging as the MOST
essential place to get fans, followers, music
industry attention, and even money for your songs.
And Spotify Playlists have been emerging as the
Holy Grail of music promotion. [continue reading…]
As songwriters, sometimes we are asked, or sometimes
inspired to write songs for holidays, celebrations, current
events, birthdays, etc. Is writing lyrics for these type of
songs different than for others? Yes, and in some ways they
are actually easier, if you know how. in this Saint Patrick’s
Day song example we will learn how. [continue reading…]
How to write a really good song REQUIRES indulging in a very PRECISE combination of ecstatic leg-squirming dances in EXACT combination with psychedelic drugs until your clay-like body falls to the ground, cracking angry blades of razor sharp grass into pieces with sorrowful sweat soaked hands as your hungry ears hear their feuding echoes between sky and earth like a quickening bass drum that releases mini volcanoes of secret cocktail scents which torture your quivering nostrils like tiny pitch-forks until you are driven by madness to write down their blood boiling wisdom for listeners to swim in.
And that’s all there is to it.
But hopefully the above paragraph provided an example (although overly dense) of how to write using metaphors and the senses, which can greatly enhance your lyric writing. Dylan Thomas is a wonderful poet and author to check out to help incorporate this type of writing into your lyrics.
So now, how to write a really good song, for real. This ONLY requires two things: [continue reading…]
How to Compose Songs with Key Changes
If you have ever been interested in knowing how to compose songs with key changes in them, you are going to love this. Most songs stay in one musical key only, and have melodies and chord progressions that are derived from the scale of that key. Key changes, also referred to as music modulation, create mood shifts which can often be quite dramatic, can sometimes be sneaky and subtle, but will almost always add an air of sophistication to your song.
In any major key, there will be 11 possible key changes. I will first show you the most common, and then, the most extreme! [continue reading…]
How to Write a Song in Three or Six
Did you ever notice that the majority of songs in our culture have a four-beat rhythm? This is referred to as Common Time, which translates into four beats per measure. And when songwriters in western cultures start thinking about how to write a song, it is usually the first, and often the only, time feel that comes to mind.
But this was not always the case. In certain earlier periods in history, three beat rhythms were the most popular. The waltz is a good example of what was once a very popular dance constructed from three beat rhythms. And there is an enormous amount of folk music from many cultures that is written in, what is technically termed, Triple Meter. [continue reading…]
Do Songwriters Really Need to Know the Music Business?
In the old days, a songwriter would network and perform everywhere he or she could to try to get discovered. The goal was usually securing a publishing deal, or if also a performer, to get a record deal as well. Once discovered, music industry executives would handle the rest: management, expense planning, recordings, radio promotion, distribution, marketing, publicity, booking shows, entertainment lawyers, and quite a few other business tasks that most creative people tend to be clueless about, not to mention completely uninterested in.
But the problem back then was… [continue reading…]
Create music and learn a quick way to change ONE song into THREE, all with completely different emotional feels, and then pick the best for your next HIT!
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One of the first tips on how to write lyrics to a song that will really get your creative juices flowing is that it is sometimes good to just start writing anything that you are thinking about, feeling, or about what is happening in your physical environment right now. Creating a journal about what happens to you each day can begin to unleash that waterfall of words to pour into your songs. [continue reading…]
So you’re feeling kind of funky and you want to lay it down. If you have never written in a funk style, or have never added any funky grooves to your songs, here are a few tricks that will instantly funkify your songwriting. [continue reading…]