Songwriting Tip- July 2014
Summer 2014 Songwriting Tip
by Jill Holly
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! I’m serious! Summer is when record labels and artists start looking for songs for their Holiday Album release(s). The biggest artists record holiday albums. Why? Because year after year the material is still viable for the public to purchase and the artist doesn’t have to go back into the studio to record another album, with more expense, more time in the studio and less time performing.
A friend of mine who makes her living as a songwriter receives checks every year from the same record, same artist & same song…yep a Christmas album from none other than Sting. Not a bad affiliation, especially since he usually records only his own compositions.
You only need one Holiday song to have an enormous career as a “paid” songwriter!
How to get motivated to write about snow, hot chocolate, Santa & cheer in summer? Make it your goal to have the song completed and recorded by next summer and you’ll be glad you did.
Warm up to the idea that you need to write about something you love deeply about the holiday, or what kind of things do you want to change about your next holiday season. Fun songs, funny songs, romantic & heartfelt tear jerkers seem to have the longest shelf life for holiday songs. Use your imagination. One of the most prolific Christmas song composers to date was a man of Jewish faith. I guess you could say he used his imagination-ya think?
Find the best hook in the world...even if it takes you years. So be patient. Make that hook line the most memorable line you’ve ever written and build your song around it. Even if you think this isn’t your cup of tea, I guarantee that the process of trying to write a Holiday song will make you a better songwriter. So, even if it takes you 5 years, or 5 minutes to write a darn fine Holiday song, “Go for it!”
Remember, as always with songwriting…find the balance between simplicity & complexity and the balance between predictability & surprise.www.Jillholly.com