In “Seven Things Every Lyricist Should Know,” award-winning hit songwriter Brent Baxter explains that “Realising these points has really helped me in my songwriting career to get my head right and keep it right.
If you are a lyricist, or if you also write melody but you think your strength is more lyric, this is for you.
Brilliant article for every lyricist out there. Read it 🙂
Every once in a while on social media you’ll see debates on the topic “What is music?” These are usually frustrating interactions, because no one is going to be fully satisfied with the answers they read, and maybe that’s the point of the question in the first place.
“What is music?” It’s like asking “How long is a piece of string?” but the truth is, music is different to everyone and that is the magic of it.
A song is a direct communication between songwriter and listener. It’s always good to take your listener on a journey.
If you’re planning to write a song that contrasts major and minor keys and you want to use songs from pop music history as your guide, it’s most likely that you’ll find songs that use a minor verse and then move to a major chorus.
The mechanical royalty rate that publishers/songwriters receive for purchased music on physical discs or downloads has been 9.1 cents per track since 2006. Now, the settlement proposes a 32% increase to 12 cents per track.
Furthermore, songwriter royalties will automatically increase annually – relative to the rate of inflation.
How can you accomplish this? Through active listening – a process of deciphering what you hear, learning from it, and incorporating that technique into your own songwriting style in order to achieve a similar effect.
I’ve always believed that active listening whether it be for musical ideas or lyrical ideas is one of the necessary skills a songwriter must have to further their craft.
Here are some ways to judge whether you are writing “better” commercial songs. No one of these measures alone determines “writing better,” but putting all of them together gives you a pretty good sense of your progress:
There are 7 points in this “better songwriting checklist” and all of them ask pertinent questions about your songwriting process. Well worth a read.