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How do you do it?
01-27-2011 11:02 PM
01-28-2011 08:39 AM
01-28-2011 10:10 AM
I was compelled to become a songwriter because it was the only way I could find or otherwise come up with songs simple enough for me to play. Nothing hard to understand about that, I shouldn't think.
That's interesting...how many people find it so hard to make music or write songs...like, if it's so hard to even start, why do you feel such a strong pull to do it? And if you don't, and find you're having to push to get anything out...well, is it your passion or not? It's different if you're just lame and have taken years to get started...and it's different if you can write songs but then tend to suffer from mental blocks and dry spells...that's alright. But if you're starting out and actively trying to write a song and nothing's coming...well...? If you've got nothing to say then maybe just do instrumental music...or at least at first, like I did. If you DO have things to say but don't know how to say it, well...it'll come easier once you just START. Just do anything at all. Even crap stuff. It'll improve. Anyway, after that blabfest, my music comes first but usually the lyrics are right behind it...the music and the imagery and mental pictures for the songs come at the same time and then the lyrics form from that imagery.
01-28-2011 12:02 PM
01-28-2011 01:37 PM
I fall into the "it depends" camp. I basically go about it three different ways:
1) Music first. I'll just sing random words over the music until I get an idea for the melody, phrasing, etc. Sometimes some of those words will stick and then I'll go about trying to write cohesive lyrics around them while working within the limitations of the melody, etc.
2) Lyrics first. If I get an idea for a melody while writing lyrics, then I'll try to come up with music to accompany it.
3) Music and lyrics independent of each other. I have many lyrics written without any intended music, as well as some music without any lyrics. Sometimes I'll able to match two together and have a song!
01-28-2011 04:41 PM
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01-28-2011 05:18 PM
Indeed. I have a large backlog of lyrics that sometimes I am able to fit with new chord progressions and/or melodies, but it depends. I also will sometimes write and record progressions and melodies and then write specific lyrics to them, but again it depends. As far a writing in general, all I can recommend is that you keep at it. I feel like every song or lyrics I write is better than the last, so naturally, it keeps me going. I look back at some of the stuff I started with and it seems pretty simple and juvenile, which I guess is only natural. As far as what to write about, just try to pick topics that you can speak personally and emotionally about. Don't force it. Sometimes you can get on a roll and complete a song in no time where as others you can't buy inspiration even if you tried. Just don't get frustrated and don't be afraid seek help or creative criticism. I've found one of the incredible benefits of being in a band is bouncing ideas, both lyrically and musically, off of each other. Sometimes it just takes one lyrics, one line, or even half of a line to open the creative floodgates. It's the same with music.
I have two specific rules about this. 1. It depends. 2. See rule 1.
01-31-2011 02:56 PM
I haven't always written lyrics, but I have for quite a few years.
Before I wrote lyrics and sang the songs I wrote tons of riffs and complete songs without words.
I find it kind of hard to write lyrics to music because I don't know what to write about.
With lyrics already written I can build a song based on what I'm singing about.
How do you do it?
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