Stuck At Home? Enter the John Lennon Songwriting Contest

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Lennon Contest has created weekly ‘Stuck At Home’ opportunities for songwriters to win studio gear to improve your songwriting experiences at home. The first deadline for entries is Sunday, March 29 at midnight EST with the winner announced on Monday, March 30.

How to Finish Your Artistic Project Like a Songwriter

An Artist’s Guide to Completing a Creative Piece
Completing your creative artistic project can feel daunting. The artistic creative process requires you to put your heart and soul into something, By following the three easy steps in this article, you will have the chance to explore new projects, and keep creating new things

7 Mindfulness Skills That Will Boost Your Songwriting

When a songwriter wants to write a song, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it the words? The melody? The rhythm? A great songwriter knows that it is none of these things. It all comes down to the spirit of the song. The reason why the songwriter is writing the song in the first place. The purpose or meaning behind it. The message it communicates. The feeling it cultivates. What I hope to present to you today are 7 smart ways to integrate mindfulness into your songwriting.

Using Popular Song Motifs to Write New Songs

Is it helpful to try to write lyrics for an existing popular song motif? Yes, it can be helpful to take a lyric motif as a launching pad for writing words to your song.  This is true as long as you don’t directly copy from the original artist. You need to take the idea and figure out a way to make it uniquely yours. This is something artist have done for centuries.

Songwriter’s Question: Getting the Right Song Emotion

There are several factors that the songwriters needs to consider. To begin, the songwriter needs to start out knowing what mood the song will portray. In simplest terms that are “Sad” or “Happy” songs. Creating the right emotion in songwriting involves two factors working together. These two factors are the lyrics and the music.  Both elements together can produce powerful emotions.  This article will look at how lyrics and music create emotions in a song.

What is the Best Way to Begin songs?

Do you need to have music before you can write the lyrics or do you work the music around the lyrics?

This is one of the most common questions beginning songwriters ask. Keep in mind that songwriting is a unique craft that bring words and music into unison.  Words are matched up with a melody to create a song.

The short answer is you can begin either way.  You can begin with the lyrics or begin with the melody.  Every songwriter has a preference.  There is no right or wrong answer in regards to how to begin songs.  Regardless of how you begin songs the most important is to get started.