“Email My Heart is like a song everyone can relate to, y’know. Everyone has been doing emails and its email my heart, so its, uh…, everyone can relate to that song.” That’s our ‘Celebrities Say the Dumbest Things’ champion Britney Spears going oh-so-deep about her song ‘Email My Heart.’ She was trying to explain the meaning behind the song, and you can just tell from that quote that she had absolutely nothing to do with the songwriting process.
How else would you explain it? Being a kickass songwriter is not everyone’s cup of tea. And since you are part of the 99% of the music industry, your budget doesn’t stretch to hiring a songwriter so you will have to do it yourself. If you write your own ‘Email My Heart’ version I promise you, you will feature in one of www.wedoitfortheloveofmusic.com ‘s ‘Celebrities Say the Dumbest Things’ articles. Serious…No Joke! In this first part, we will be discussing the two main approaches to songwriting.
You can first write the lyrics and then find an instrumental to go with the lyrics. Or you can write to a pre-made beat. You don’t have to pick just one method. A combination of the two works just fine. Both methods work, and both have their pros and cons. If you go with the first one, you can write anytime, anywhere-Eminem wrote ‘Lose Yourself’ while filming ‘8 Mile’-but you may find it hard to get the right beat to match the lyrics later on.
If you choose to write to a pre-made beat, it may take a while because inspiration doesn’t come with a switch you can just flip anytime you want. Just play the beat and listen to it for a while. Eventually you will be able to write down lyrics that match the way the instrumental makes you feel. And yes, I said “eventually.” Rome wasn’t built in a day. So get to feeling and putting it down on paper!
The Music Industry Basics for Dummies: Becoming a Kickass Songwriter series is inspired by ‘The 30-Minute Songwriter’ by Robin Frederick, and some other guy I forgot.
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