How to Write a Song

A song is an expression of emotion, often accompanied by melodies and chord progressions. A song can be sung by a single singer or by multiple singers in harmony. Whether it’s the raw experience of a heartbroken lover, the angst of a pubescent teenager on the verge of adulthood, or simply the anticipation of a hoped for future event, a song can be sung about anything that moves the soul.

The first step in writing a song is to find inspiration. This can come from any number of things – a movie, a book, a conversation, a beautiful piece of art, a beautiful person, a natural landscape, or a simple melody or chord progression on the radio. Find something that moves you and take note of it – jot down words, phrases, or titles in your notebook. This is how accomplished Songwriters get their ideas – by constantly being attuned to the world around them.

It is important to understand that your unique life experiences give you the best shot at crafting a song that stands out from the rest. No one can write about your pain or joy as well as you can. Whether it’s an anthem for a broken heart, or the struggle to make ends meet, your songs are a reflection of you, and what is real in your life. The power of your music can be felt by all those who listen to it. So don’t be afraid to put yourself out there – your song can change someone’s day.