Songwriting Tip- March 2014
I love it when songwriters are inspired with boundless ideas, but often they end up trying to put it all in one song. The opposite is true as well, when songwriters write dozens and dozens of songs, when they should be focusing their efforts on writing one terrific song.
Your original song gets only one debut. Make it memorable by staying focused; get to the point with language that is expressive, meaningful to everyone that hears it, not just those who know you personally. Make each line count. Each line should give the listener more information, emotionally and physically. Not only do we want to feel what’s unfolding in your story, we want to be able to picture it as well.
If you are a wordy writer, or the opposite; too vague, try first writing in outline form. Think it out carefully then polish your song line by line. Take you raw ideas and turn out beautifully crafted lines, one by one.
So here’s your task… Look at one of your favorite compositions that you think is finished but needs more punch. For example…while working on one of my own songs, I liked what I was saying but the line really didn’t jump out as great. So I took the line and wrote it out several times minus the adjective. The line was “finally finding what we’ve come here for.” It’s what I wanted to say but it just wasn’t very distinguished. What I eventually ended up with was, “Finally finding what we’ve hungered for.” Even though it wasn’t what I meant, the word “hungered” is more potent emotionally.
To beef up the quality, try this exercise with your songs. I guarantee you will elevate the craft of your songwriting. Just because the lines you write may reflect the truth of what may have really happened in your story, remember that the truth isn’t always interesting. This little songwriting tip will help you learn artistic license. Your stories will become more interesting and more memorable than your real life experiences might ever be.
Write out your line several times and experiment with different words to fill in the lackluster words. Get out your thesaurus and write on!>read more