In the music world, if you already have plenty of money, you can write any kind of song in any fashion. You can use your money in the marketing of the song, to make up for any talent you lack in writing. It may not turn out to be a standard, or what some call a classic, but the song may have some short term success.
Now if you don’t have the money and you want to know how to write a real song, this is the article for you.
This article is on the mechanics of writing a song. I have chosen one of my favorite songs for an example in this article.I wrote it a long time ago, but I still think it’s a good song today. Though I believe it is a very good song, some may think the substance of the song could use some work.(in the creative field, we all have our own views, taste, and opinions) So this article is based on just the proper structure in the art of songwriting.
Well first of all, in writing a song one has to choose what song pattern they want to use. Some song patterns fit better for certain songs than others. I’m going to use shorthand to explain these song patterns. The letter V=verse. The letter C=chorus, and the letter B=bridge.
The most commonly used song patterns in the songs you hear on the radio are, VCVCBC, VVBV, VVCVBC, or something along that line. My song that I’ll be using in this article “Down The Road Of Love” has a VVCVCBC song pattern to it.These are not only the most popular song patterns, but also the most successful ones writers use in writing a song.
What is important to remember though, is to create a NEW song pattern WITHIN a conventional song pattern. You do this for originality purposes. You use common song patterns to write memorable good songs, but you also have to have your own original twist to that song.
In most cases the song is about love. You as a writer has to create and put your own personal touch, on every love song your about to write.
I’m sure everyone knows where the all so important title goes, (“Down The Road Of Love”).
The first verse goes like this:
I was cruising through life, with my pedal to the floor.
And God knew I was running on “E”.
So he sent me your love, to slow me down.
Cause Heaven wasn’t waiting on me.
Now the second verse goes as follows:
I was losing my mind, with my body and my soul.
To the devil who was wearing a grin.
I never saw any flashing red lights.
Till your love took me for a spin.
Then the chorus:
Down The Road Of Love, where life unfolds.
All the beauty and the secret, this world holds.
Down The Road Of Love, where your love’s my key.
In making heaven on earth a reality.
Now the third verse:
Now love’s steering my life, with you holding on the wheel.
I couldn’t ask for a better guide.
Cause I never traveled the right roads in life.
Till your love took me for a ride.
So I’m thanking you for life, and God above.
For a life I never could have dreamed of.
Okay, now there is the complete song. It has three sets of different music to it. The repeating chorus has it’s own, as well as the short bridge, that wraps up the song. Those two parts of the song musically and lyrically stand alone. The three different verses also has the same music in all three verses.This is a great song to show how, though the words are different in the verses, the beat, tempo, and music is the same in each verse. You can just read each line and see how each line in each verse work together. You can also see how it flows naturally, without forcing any notes, syllables, or words. You may also notice the perfect rhyming pattern created in this song, that also flows naturally.
Now this is a crash course on writing a good song, the proper and professional way. Of course I’m not able to mention all I know about the craft of writing songs in one article, but it should give you a good understanding on how to write a song.
I hope you all take this knowledge and some day write, that hit song that you all have been dreaming of.