If you’re a musician, and you get to the stage where you feel you want to write your first “real” song, where do you start? I can remember this feeling, I’d written some riffs on guitar and bunched some chords together, but I didn’t feel they were that great. I wanted to write a decent song that wasn’t just thrown together for the hell of it.
Music is art, and it shouldn’t be rushed. I feel it should come out at it’s own pace naturally. However, depending on the mood you’re in this can be a fast or slow process. Ever heard the phrase, “the song just wrote itself”? I love it when that happens… But sometimes it just isn’t the case.
You can get song writing urges at the weirdest of times and occasions. One of the most popular is when you go to bed, and you get a tune in your head or a lyric idea. Then you find yourself buzzing with energy and you just can’t sleep. The only way to cure that is to get up and write that song or part!
I actually got an idea for a song whilst travelling to a friends wedding in a stretch limo! Man, I rarely get in limousines as it’s not exactly the norm for me, but this one was insane! It had leather seats, loud music, a bar and lots of cool stuff, you can actually check it out at this site http://www.dartfordlimohire.com It got me so pumped up this tune just appeared in my head. Then I couldn’t shake it all day ha!
The state of mind we’re in or the “mood” has to be right for the song that’s being written. For example, if you’re feeling angry or uptight you might not want to spend time on a slower more romantic style song and vice versa.
My first real success with song writing came from when I got in my first proper band. I had a tune pop into my head, and for some reason the song writing aspect didn’t seem so hard. It was like I knew what should come next from some sixth sense! All of a sudden I had a three minute single type tune, which went on to be that bands most popular and requested song, and it was my first ever “real” song I’d written.
So if you’re a musician and you want to get into song writing, I think the best advice I have for you is to just let it flow naturally. Don’t try to add things in or push the song, as it’ll turn out bad. You need to let it produce itself when the moment and mood is right. Songs can easily be rushed, just the same as any art. But if you let them breathe and reveal themselves at a natural pace, then you will write a true piece of art.
Also one final piece of advice. If the song is not writing itself and the music or lyrics just aren’t coming to you, LEAVE IT (for now). Come back to it later when you’re in a better mood or in the “zone”. When this happens to me I usually leave a song and come back to it, OR you can take a walk and do something else for a while, then you’ll find you might be ready to finish it off or write the next part.
I hope this post has helped a few “newbie” song writers out, now go write some tunes!