Songwriting Part 2

Start with something you know and develop the idea into something new.

Take a set of lyrics to a song you know very well and sing it without listening to the record. Do not play an instrument while you sing, you need to be free to adapt. You may find that you start singing a different tune to the original. Grab some music paper and an instrument and write down the tune, or record it.

Leave the tune for a while, a week , ten days, what does it matter. Now you need to break the association with the original lyrics, forget them.

When you return to your tune create a new set of lyrics.

What you have done is use a song to write a song. It is a technique used by the professionals so take a tip from them.

Songwriting Part 1

The Types of Songs

Identify the different types of song to help with your own songwriting.

Start by learning about the different types of songs. Here are a few to begin with. Use the comment section below to add song that fit the category featured in this post.

The List Song.

The list song is a list of items, I’ve Been Everywhere is a list of American place names. E.G Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota . It was recorded by Johnny Cash. It was written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959, using Australian place names. The song easily lends itself to be adapted to many different countries.

My Favourite Things is a list of items, “brown paper packages, tied up with string”. It was recorded by Julie Andrews.

I Just Called To Say I Love You is a list of days that the current day isn’t, no New Year’s Day. It was written and recorded by Stevie Wonder.

Some songs are a hybrid in that they include a list but there are other parts to the song. Blame It On The Boogie has a short list of things to blame it on, sunlight, moonlight , good times. The song was recorded by The Jackson 5.

Our New Look

The old look is out the new look is in. We needed to simplify the site as we prepare to place the articles and pix we have been stockpiling in our virtual warehouse.

There will be band features on our Latin Rock outfit Vicia Faba. Graheme Wilson has returned to an album project and we are looking forward to release of something that we expected to hear ten years ago!

Sounds are the reason we exist so there will be places to listen to new music and old favourites.

Leave a comment and let us know what we want to see and hear from us.