Have you ever written a song?
June 12, 2009 11:54am CST
Or at least wanted and tried to? I feel like doing a song. Where do you get inspiration?
• United States
12 Jun 09
I write songs. I started as a teenager writing poetry and over the years it developed into song writing. Life brings the inspiration. I keep pen and paper or some sort of writing utensils with me at all times. Then when I get some thoughts and/or ideas, I jot thm down for later. It doesn't matter if they sound like lyrics or not or if they rhyme. The thoughts can build into bigger things as you think about it and decide where the song is "going to go" in its thoughtful entirety. then when you sit down later a lot of times it will flow together.. if not just set them aside because later, something may spark it and they will be there when you need them! Good luck!
• United States
12 Jun 09
I don't think you have to be a good poem writer to write songs well. I play the guitar so when I get lyrics I try to write the chords down as I write the song. I also use a digital recorder and record the song as soon as I write it so that I can recall the melody line should it prove foggy later. I do not write the notes as I really haven't ever done it that way and it is a burden to me to try although I can read music.
• New Zealand
19 Jul 09
You may find inspiration from the sound, and/or feel of the music, an idea, true or made up experiences or stories, a mood/emotion, pride in yourself and/or your songs, a rhythm to dance to, from having a sort of charismatic manner, or a mixture. Or you can have alot of emotional things happen in your life, and be affected by it, or base a song on a catchy catch phrase. To find new and interesting catch phrases, it's a good idea to be open to any interesting ideas in your mind, or floating around in your everyday environment, or to improvise any catchy or singing out word, phrase, or phrases. Or come up with ideas that you know are cool and popular, or borrow any interesting phrases from another song, and make the topic your own. Or come up with a first line to lead into the rest of the song. Another method to use, perhaps to generate lyrics while using abstract, or unsubstantiated inspiration, is to focus on a time, place, or person, and describe what you see, hear, smell, taste or touch, to try to engender a desired feeling, and you must really sell your point of view. Throughout most, or all of a song, you can mention multiple separate examples lf ideas, experiences etc, that are related only by a common theme, feel, and/or similar vein. If making up stories or ideas, you may think of a good concept, and imagine a convincing personal standpoint, with complementing contributory happenings, or made up happening that contribute to your standpoint.
13 Jun 09
Yes, I've written songs. It just comes out. You don't necessarily have to be a poet, though it helps. Have you ever got the feeling that there are so many thoughts stored in your head and you just want to tell everybody how you feel? Write them down. Make three or four-liners, then cross out what doesn't feel right. Hum a little, make a melody. Improvise. Sing, use the guitar or the piano. You'll write a song. Listen to a lot of music. You'll get inspired, whatever genre it is. It helps you to be more creative.