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Song Writing For Beginners
"The candy colored clown they call the sandman." Where did that come from?
I heard Bernie Taupin say this on a show dedicated to the late great Roy Orbinson.
Here is one possibility. As a child or with his own children, at bedtime, there could have been a multi colored clown in the bedroom,as the children got ready to sleep, the doll could have been picked up and played with, "here comes the sandman, go to sleep now and everything will be alright."
Wow.... a candy colored clown they call the Sandman.
We all have these little gems tucked away in the dark recesses of our minds. When you think about something either from your past present or future. Write it down.
Remember the picket fences, beaches, foreshore,dirtroads,friends from yesteryear?
How about now? city streets, pollution, love, hurt, travel,unity.
What about the future? where are you going? what will you be? what lies in store for us, who can tell?
Write down a sentence, that relates to your story and write a poem about it.
Just get the story and compose the music later, or hum the tune that fits the lyrics your writing and note the chords as you go along. It's what suits you. Once you have the melody you can move the lyrics around to suit.
All stories have a beginning, a middle and an end.
With what you have, decide where you want to go with it.
You'll notice as you go along that your rhyme can actually be with a word in the middle of a line ,not necessarily the last word of the line.
Try not to make the rhyme to simplistic.ie. I left my Hat, on the mat, upon which.. my friends cat,sat.. makin' it flat.(ok if you a rapper, i got nothing against that)
Who let the dogs out????????? got my award for the most creative lyrics of the century
Basically write as you speak, and do not be afraid to use words that may be different or long.
For instance this is a verse of a copyright song I wrote called "Quick Rich City." It's about the city I live in, but could be used for Vegas , New York, London, Paris , or any city today.
""Wheelers and dealers are bound by the score,
Some write the books and some break the law.
Entrepreneurs, each and every one,
A city born and bred, for just having fun.""
With songs these days you usually have a chorus, but nothing is set in stone, if you like it and it sounds right. Go with it.
As the theme of your song starts to take shape, you will find a line that keeps repeating,if it's "catchy" enough you could be on a winner. use it as the chorus line and slot it in, where you want it to be. It's your song.
I think another important thing is not to try and be to deep and meaniingful with the lyrics. Like I said write as you feel. You will be surprised, what comes out. AND ALWAYS FOLLOW THE FLOW NO MATTER WHERE IT TAKES YOU.
When you try to force it, writers block takes over.
Remember you will more than likely change parts of the nearly finished song five or six times before you are happy with it. Even when you sing it and perform it.
The above was basically designed to help you understand that imagination and creativity result from uncluttered minds.You have to believe that.
If you don't ? Just try it.
Clear your mind of everyday drudgery and see what happens.
If your imagination and creativity work well with song writing, you then have to add something dynamic.
The way you say things in normal conversation has to be relayed into the dynamics of your song, (IMO), for the lyrics to have some meaning.
If you want to follow the path of normality. Which sometimes... isn't a bad thing.
This gives you an idea of how a song is structered. (approx.)
Bridge. ( Up to you: listen; Yeah?? Nah!!)
End or fade. ( If you can't think of an end.)
Each section of the song should work together. That is chord progressions, rythym, and melody.
It's good to digress in the midle eight from the verses and chorus. It gets the listner interested in the story. Achieved by maybe altering the story, chords or melody. (Up to you my friend.)
Finally here is the secret to all good songs.
I like to introduce it in the introduction if possible. Not always the case.
For instance in that song I wrote. The very first sentence is.
"There's gold on the sidewalks of Surfers some say."
Is that enough to get you interested?
That is the only time it's mentioned, the last sentence of the song resolves the suggestion, and it isn't mentioned anywhere else in the song.
If your half inquisitve ?
I guess you want to know what it is.
THAT MY FRIEND IS A HOOK.
I hope this helped a little.
If you make it big time let me know.