Writing A Song – Part 4

A lot of progress has been made on my song since I last wrote on the topic.  Actually, it’s pretty much done.  And I’m not exactly sure how or why it happened so quickly.  When I last wrote, I was struggling with the melody.  Well, I just kept playing around with notes and gradually the lines in my head started to resemble You and Your Heart by Jack Johnson.  The kind of melody that is paced, deliberate, and to the point in its delivery.  It just felt like the right style of vocals so I went with it.  In fact, the phrasing and melody in my chorus is extremely derivative of You and Your Heart.

At this point I had a verse, a chorus, and a pretty good idea of what the melody was going to sound like.  I decided to add a bridge to add a change of pace, especially considering my verse and chorus used the same four chords.  I had read somewhere that it was usually a good idea to keep your bridge extremely simple.  I have no idea if that’s true or not, but following that advice I came up with a simple G#m C#m bridge and it seemed to fit well enough so I kept it.

The only thing I was missing now was lyrics.  And really that was the part that I sort of expected to struggle with.  As it turns out, writing the words was not only easier than I thought it would be, it was also the most enjoyable part of the process.  I think most of my anxiety around writing lyrics was not knowing what I wanted to write about.  And it makes perfect sense… if you don’t know what you want to say, how can you come up with the words to say it?  Sounds obvious I know, but somehow I think I didn’t get it until after I finished the song.  I’m going to write more about the lyrical content, and I’m also going to post a much better recording of the finished song.  But first, here’s one last look at the list of deliberate (or maybe not so deliberate in the case of Bieber) influences…

  • Baby by Justin Bieber (verse chord progression)
  • You and Your Heart by Jack Johnson (phrasing and melody in the chorus)
  • Firework by Katy Perry (some lyrical bits in the first verse)

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