I have been primarily a lyricist for almost 25 years. To survive that long in the music business, I have had to stretch my boundaries to come up with ways to evolve my lyric writing along with changing music landscapes.
Over those years, I’ve developed what I like to think of as melody hacks for lyricist songwriters.
Along the way, I’ve picked up some tricks that help me stay current and relevant in whatever genre I’m writing.
Even if you are an accomplished melody writer AND lyricist, I think you may find these tips and tricks helpful in your songwriting.
The quote below sums up beautifully how great lyrics can be written. You need to really care about the subject you’re writing the song about…
Some artists say they have trouble writing about lyrics because they don’t know what to write about. But the truth is that if you care about something, you’ll always have topics to base your lyrics on.
The trick is paying attention to your life and the world around you. Great lyrics start with music-makers getting to the heart of what they care about and writing things down.
Pay attention to your life, really become aware of you, your surroundings and your activities within them. Lyrical ideas will follow on from there.