“Songwriters, and other writers for that matter, thrive on observing, diagnosing, digging, discovering, uncovering, dwelling on, interpreting, and reflecting on ideas and music that is worth their time, and their listeners time”
(J/ Douglas Waterman/Song 2007)
The quote above is just one of many that have been published on the subject of songwriting, and pretty much sums up what songwriting is about. Those with a gift for writing songs will bring all these elements together, add a good dose of skill and imagination, and eventually have a song for us the listener, to hear.
Song writing can be a very rewarding pastime, and if you’re lucky, a career. There are many different instruments to play, producers and musicians to work with, lyrical stories to create, and ideas to explore. This website will cover the different elements of the song, such as lyrics, melody, and hooks, the different techniques used to write songs, and the technology that will help you on your way. There are also general tips on song writing, information on publishers and song publishing, and song competitions as well.
The main thing is, to enjoy your creative journey. Tips and tools of the trade will help you a great deal, but don’t be too overburdened by what other people say and do, your own ambitions, or specific song ideas when you start writing. It’s important to find your own musical and lyrical voice, and then learn how to harness that in the right way to create a song. Catchy melodies, memorable hooks, interesting lyrical stories, rhythm and melody will all be things that you as a songwriter will gain an understanding of, and who knows, maybe one day you can use that knowledge to create a hit! Though I’ll leave the final word to a songwriting legend:
“Each song has its own secret that’s different from another song, and each has its own life. Sometimes it has to be teased out, whereas other times it might come fast. There are no laws about songwriting or producing. It depends on what you’re doing, not just who you’re doing.”
Mark Knopfler (brainyquote.com)