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Tips for Writing a Contemporary Jazz Song

February 12th, 2018 by

writing a contemporary jazz songThere are many books on the subject of songwriting and it seems that each one has a different way of approaching it. What you might not hear often enough is anyone suggesting to “just do your own thing”. There are many “methods” and “systems”, but in actuality, they are really just that composer’s way of doing their own thing. Sure, the song has to make sense and people have to be able to access it.  In that regard there are similarities among many contemporary songs, whereas they all have verses, choruses and basic song structure. This is where the craft of writing a song comes in, because writing a contemporary jazz song or any song is a craft and an art. (more…)

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    We’ve all heard the stories of chart topping hit songs being penned on a napkin in a matter of minutes, and the other extreme of songwriters hung up for years waiting for the next spark of inspiration. It is critically important to recognize that inspiration in itself does not constitute commercial viability. No matter how much inspiration is drawn on, to masterfully compose a technically excellent and beautiful song about how much you love your green and yellow feathered parakeet will probably not sell to those who don’t have a green and yellow feathered parakeet. If there was a green and yellow feathered parakeet genre of music, I’m sure such a song would go platinum overnight. As basic as the analogy is, the point is adequately made that all commercially viable songs are the ones that large masses of people (the larger the better) can relate to from their own experience.