Recently I was talking to a friend of mine who also likes to write music. He said that he wants to work on his new CD but the biggest problem he has is writing lyrics for his songs. He asked me how I do it. I simply told him that when you write lyrics, stop writing from your head and write them from your heart instead. When you can feel the emotion of what you are writing then your lyrics become much easier to produce. I also let him know that his lyrics need to “fit” in the context of the song to the point where they are easily “understandable.” Never try to rush too many words into one line. I told him that I had learned that from Kenny Gamble (from the hit songwriting team Gamble and Huff). The lyrics to their songs are always clear and everyone knows them. There are different groups of people when it comes to music. Some listen for the beat of the music. Others like to listen to how the music is performed. Others like to hear the lyrics in music. As long as you can take care of all 3 of these things then you have a chance for making a good hit. I also told him that lyrics don’t always have to “make sense.” Steely Dan had some of the craziest lyrics in their songs (but they sold well regardless). Finally, I told him that your lyrics don’t always have to follow the same exact pattern each time and they don’t have to always rhyme either. Many songwriters think that lyrics have to follow conventional poetry form. They do not. Here is a perfect example of a song that has “very little” rhyming words in it:
I tell many of the artists I work with that if they feel what they are singing then their audience will feel it as well. Write about things your feel. Never be in James Brown mentality and then try to write a Barry Manilow type song. It never works. Also, fee free to “be unique.” Establish your own style and never be afraid to be different. My friend appreciated what I said and he thanked me for inspiring him. Now I thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.