Songwriting 101

A song is a piece of music that includes both lyrics and melody. While many songs are vocal, it is possible to create an instrumental piece of music that contains only melody and no words. A song is a form of art that can invoke emotions in the listener, whether through joy, sadness, or happiness. Throughout history music has been used as a tool for healing and bring people together in times of hardship.

Songwriting is a creative process that begins with finding inspiration. This can be from many different things, such as a movie, book, another song, or even an experience that you had. Some songwriters like to carry a little notebook with them and write down any ideas that come to them, especially when they are in a place or mood where inspiration is likely to hit. Some songwriters also enjoy going to places where inspiration is most likely to occur, such as nature, music venues, or big cities.

The next step is putting that initial idea into a structured song. A good way to do this is to start with the verses. These are the longer sections of the song that tell a story. Each one should build on the last, and they should support the chorus, which is the main idea of the song. A good example of this is the song “Proud Mary” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. This song started with a title and a lyric that was written on the first page of the band’s songwriting notebook.