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Songwriting Tip 1

Songwriting is a very personal thing but the first thing that I have learnt is that the song needs to say something. That may seem obvious but if the songwriter does not communicate the message that they want then the song has failed. For people to connect with the song and become emotionally attached to the song they have to understand the story or message of the song. When a listener connects on this level, they will listen to the song over and over again.

The only way to be successful with this is to have people that you trust who will be honest. Read the lyrics, without singing, and ask them to describe what they think the song is about. If they tell you the same as you have written it about then you have succeeded. Congratulations. If not, ask them what words created the story for them. Get them to break it down so that you can see where you may need to adjust the message.

Then play them the song and sing the words and see if these add to the message of the song or confuse it, for the listener. It is often hard to let go of the songs that we love. They are a part of us and very personal but if we can recognize that we are meant to share our thoughts and hearts with others the opinions of others become important.

There are those who will love everything that you do because they love you but they are not the people that you want. The people that you want are the one’s that want you to be better than you are, to reach your full potential. The one’s who are willing to develop the talent you have.

Those people exist but in the words of a fairy tale “you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince”. Ask for opinions and then look for the people that have no agenda but to help you. Keep them close and appreciate them.

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