Tips For Writing Your Song
Welcome! We’re glad you’re here and can’t wait to help you craft the memories you're looking to create. If you're visiting this section you're mostly likely wondering... “How do I begin writing a song and how hard is it?” The good news is that it's easier than you think!
To get started let’s quickly layout the options so you can decide what is best for you:
- You can review the information and suggestions provided on our site to help write your song;
- You can search the internet as there are lots of sites offering advice; or...
- You can contact us. We're here to help you.
If you've decided to utilize option 1, the information on our site, then let’s go! Please remember that these are only our thoughts and intentionally leave room for interpretation. It's your song after all.
Our first rule of song writing is to recognize there are only two things that matter; what you think and what the person or intended audience thinks about your song. In the end, if your song represents the sentiment you had in mind and creates the emotional impact you intended, then your song is a complete success.
Our second rule is you don’t have to be a professional songwriter, musician or a great poet to write a great song! All you need to do is tap into your thoughts and express your feelings.
“You know, I would say that songwriting is something about the expression of the heart, the intellect and the soul.”
-- Annie Lennox --
To get started, write down the following and then extract the best parts.
- Determine Subject and Audience
- Who is the intended audience and what do you know about them?
- What is the story and what emotion do you want to evoke?
- Utilizing a technique call “Free Association” simply start writing down or typing words you think about for the subject of your song.
- Next, breakdown your thoughts into categories, events, or certain words or thoughts that “must” be in the song and put them in an order that tells your story.
- Next start formulating sentences and use the tips below to put it all together.
- Then try to rhyme the words to a meter (time). You can get a metronome app or something that keeps time, or you can even tap on a surface.
- While tapping or listening, read it out loud. Does it fit with the rhythm? If so, you are off to a good start.
- If not, no need to worry. That’s what we do and we'll make it happen. As long as you have formed sentences that tell the story, we can make a song out of it, customized to you requirements.
Additional Helpful Hints and Things to Consider
- Rhyming Words
- A lot of writers use online dictionaries and a thesaurus when writing a piece so they can rhyme words together (although a great song doesn’t always have to rhyme) or understand the meaning of another word that could be used other than the normal everyday word.
- Consider using the word "I'd" instead of "I would" or "I would like...", or "you'd" instead of "you would" or "I'm" instead of " I am". And vice versa. Grammar short cuts like these can be the difference between the line of a verse or chorus fitting with the time of the song or not. Sometimes you may need a short syllable, and sometimes you may want to use the longer two or three syllables. Making these changes might help the words be more distinctive when sung or flow together better.
- You don’t really want to apply science to this process, but usually a good song is about 2.5 – 3.5 minutes long. That includes any intros, solo’s and hooks (a catchy melody line or an instrument in the song).
- Generally, you want to try to describe what you want to convey in the least amount of words, while still conveying your message. Less can be more. The most important thing is that the words encapsulate the emotion of your song.
- A good rule of thumb that works is if you read it and think, “Huh that seems long” then it’s most likely already too long. In a lot of writings, if it takes you 30 seconds or more to read it out loud, then you’re probably looking at a 5 minute song.
“Words make you think a thought, music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.”
-- EY-Harburg --
In the end it's important to remember that our composers write these songs from the inspiration they get from you. They put themselves into the words so they can start to see the bigger picture of how the melody will sound based on the choices you make in our music menu process. We like to think of it as a “blueprint” to give the composer so they can get closer to the vision of how you want your song to sound. The more detailed, the better.
You can do this!