Tag archives for Song
June 19th, 2018 by John Pape
February 12th, 2018 by Marc-Andre Seguin
One of our readers asked the following question:
Is it helpful to try to write lyrics for an existing popular song motif?
I really appreciate the chance to answer readers questions. One think I believe is helpful is many questions are never asked. Since that never are asked there is no opportunity to answer them. That is why I like reader questions. Many times the question asked could be the one that will help you with your songwriting efforts. (more…)
October 26th, 2017 by John Pape
There 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…)
September 12th, 2017 by Tom Jager
Songwriters may often ask themselves, “What makes a song great?” The answer to that question can make the difference between a mediocre song and an amazing song. Hopefully, once you finish reading this post you will be on the path the write great songs. This is not a new topic it has been written about by many experts in the industry. Trying to unravel the right formula is a lot like hitting a moving target. Taste change, technology changes making it difficult to nail down the right formula. (more…)
January 14th, 2017 by John Pape
Music surrounds us every day – we hear it while driving the car, shopping in the mall, or eating in a restaurant. It has become a part of our everyday routine, and some of us can’t imagine an hour of our lifetime without a favorite song.
Music is something we aspire to. It’s something that communicates emotions rather than words. It motivates us to work, rest, cook, exercise. There’s a song for everything we do. It awakes right emotions, so that we can get more motivated.
And if you belong to that type of people, who like to sing about their emotions, you’re probably a potential songwriter. It may seem that if you have an ear for music and a poetic talent, it would be super easy for you to right a hit song.
But you’ll be surprised to find out that world’s top hit songs weren’t just an occasional alphabet soup put to music. They’ve all been created according to laws of songwriting.
So if you’re really into pursuing a dream of being a successful songwriter and want to improve your poetic and musical talents, here 7 important laws for smart songwriting. (more…)
November 6th, 2016 by Jeremy Raynolds
Decide for which target audience when you write music for your song
If you write a music only for yourself, you are not limited in your self- expression. But if you are composing music for other people, it should be understandable for them also. For example, the songs in a rock style won’t be accepted by a large number of elderly people, while tracks in chanson style will be pleasant for them. (more…)
October 8th, 2014 by John Pape
This motivational phrase shows that it is extremely important to find a muse before the beginning of each business, especially a creative one like the perfect song.
Inspiration comes to us unconsciously after experienced emotions or feelings. It is a sense of absolute concentration and commitment which is accompanied by special enthusiasm and emotional rise.
It is harder for adults to find an inspiration than for children. Unfortunately, an experience prevents us from believing in miracles but without it, a muse is transformed into an ordinary accounting.
From a realistic point of view of an inspiration — is a feeling when an experience and the dreams about desirable future are connected. (more…)
December 3rd, 2013 by John Pape
Do you truly want to write the best song you possibly can? If your answer is yes, you need to emulate what successful songwriters do. How do you learn from these successful songwriters? That’s easy. Study great songs. Continue reading to learn how to write songs people will love.
Songwriting is a Learned Skill
It is rare that anyone can write a great song right away. Songwriting is a skill and it can be learned. Make great songwriters your teacher by understanding how they write songs.
It Starts with an Idea
In all creative endeavors originally comes from taking existing ideas and method and applying them in unique ways. Using those existing ideas requires studying them. You then analyze them and figure out what makes them successful. The more you know, the stronger your instinct will be for what is memorable, catchy and engaging. (more…)
November 25th, 2013 by John Pape
For those of you who like to write songs where the lyrics rhyme, here’s a term you should be familiar with. ‘Rhyme scheme‘ refers to where the rhyming words occur in a verse or a chorus. When writing songs it is a good idea to make song lyric rhyme.
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Song Lyrics Rhyme Scheme Patterns
Rhyme schemes are simply the pattern of rhymes within a stanza. The rhyme pattern in each verse should match other following verses in the song. But this pattern does not have to be the same in the chorus or bridge. It is usually best to be different than the verses. Songs do not have to rhyme, but the vast majority of successful songs do rhyme. (more…)
November 18th, 2013 by John Pape
Create a system to organize your ideas.
Creative people can have trouble trying to stay organized. Being organized will help you start writing songs. Here is a suggestion to help you compile your ideas.
- Get a large box and pile in every matchbook cover, every bar napkin, every scrap of paper, everything on which you ever scribbled a scrap of lyric or an idea.
- Get some large manila envelopes and categorize all the bits of ideas that you have, one envelope labeled “Ballad Ideas”, the next labeled “Rock Ideas”, etc. This will help you when you sit down by yourself or with your team to begin writing. (more…)
November 12th, 2013 by John Pape
What does a car ride, a wedding ceremony and any great party have in common? Many things probably, but one thing they have in common for sure is songs. Think about it. So many of our daily activities and our special events include special songs.
Songs are Everywhere
Think about the things you love to do during the day. Love to watch television? Pretty much any television show is filled with the songs of different musical artists. Do you prefer to go to the mall and shop? If so, take time to listen in each store you enter because you will find that songs make up the background noise at every shopping mall. (more…)
September 19th, 2013 by John Pape
Writing songs can be an enjoyable lifetime activity. Here are some practical tips you can use to start your songwriting journey.
It’s Not Too Late or Too Early
Whether you are a teenager or are well into your golden years, it is never too late to explore your creative side, especially if you are interested in music. Songwriting is an excellent way to express your thoughts and feelings and to communicate them to your friends and family, even if you have no aspirations of musical fame or fortune.
If you are interested in selling or performing your songs, however, you should be aware that it is a hard road and that very few songwriters achieve great fame or fortune, and especially not instantly. Nonetheless, if you have realistic expectations, you will find that writing music is a worthwhile experience whether it is a hobby or a profession. (more…)
April 20th, 2013 by John Pape
When you love doing something there is motivation to become better at that activity. Songwriting is no exception. Most dedicated songwriters want to become a better songwriter. When you approach songwriting with the attitude of getting more knowledge and skills the result will be quality songs.
First of all there are several different elements in songwriting. There is lyric aspect and the musical aspect. The big chicken and egg controversy among songwriters is which way to start a song. There are those who start with lyrics and those that begin with music and I guess it depends on the individual on what element to start. (more…)
April 10th, 2013 by John Pape
The most powerful part of any song is its chorus. A chorus can be in your face or it can be subtle. A poorly written chorus will get lost in the overall song.Therefore it is important to craft a great chorus that stand out in the song you are writing. Here are some ideas on how to write a great song chorus.
1. Bookend the Hook
You need a hook in your chorus. To make it more memorable, place the hook and the start and end of the chorus. This technique is called “book ending”. “Book ending” provides the listener repeated exposure to the main hook. In turn, they have a clear understanding of the key idea of the song. (more…)
April 5th, 2013 by John Pape
The song is the foundation of the music business. A great song is vital in building success in the music industry. Another key element of songwriting is you do it because you love writing songs. Every song has a story. One thing a songwriter needs to master is structuring a song’s story.
The beauty of songwriting is it allows you to express your ideas though a creative medium. Taking raw emotion is the seed that can germinate new ideas. You can write about being in love or being angry about a social issue.
A song is the vehicle that takes your ideas and turns it into a powerful tool of communication. With songwriting you have the ability to freely express yourself as an artist.
Within the lyrics of a song is power.
Songs have the power to affect people’s lives. The songs you write will impact others in many ways. A well written song will bring the listener to a place of relationship.
Emotions and Entertainment
As a songwriter your job is to create music that (more…)
Songwriting is a craft. To be good at the songwriting process the songwriter must nurture the skills required. There are several steps in the process of writing songs. Apply each of these to you process. Here is a writing song lyrics guide to help you through the songwriting process.
Start with an Idea
Every song has a genesis. The genesis reveals itself as an idea. Your job as a songwriter is to work with those ideas to create a song lyrics and melody. Ideas can come from anywhere. All you need to be is attentive to the things around you. Use your senses to discover the world around you. Use you eyes to see things happening around you. Listen to the activities that are happening to come up with ideas. As you become aware of the wealth of ideas it is important that you have a way to capture those ideas. Write them down in a journal. You can also dictate them into a record device. Most important is to have a way to retrieve these ideas. (more…)