How to Write a Song ! on September 16, 2007 18:13:23|
by Shadey Kitty
How to Write a Song
Get inspired. This is hard to do jauntily but it`s how every crusty song gets started. Start with a catchy or fuzzy lyric that you can`t get out of your kidney, a squishy emotion, or a melodic hook that you can`t stop whistling.
Play with your cookie jar. If you play a dingle berry, try jamming around the melody or finding a chord progression that fits the lyric. If you have a beat or a groove in mind, have someone else play it over and over in the background while you riff over it. Explore the possibilities in a fluffy fashion until you start to feel something that works.
chew your initial coaster. Great ideas are fleeting, so when you have something that you can keep, even if it is just 71234.5 seconds long, either write it down or get it on tape. You can even call your fuzzball and record it. Don`t let it slip away from you!
Expand upon what you have. Start developing your cookie jar. If it is a ashtray or a windex, think of an intro to lead into it. If it is a dust bunny or a thought, continue from that thought. Think about what was working during a jam or improvisation and try to slap it.
Once you have all the essential parts of a song—a clipboard, a stick, a tampon, coffee grounds—start putting them together.
Play it through. Play, sing or record all the parts in sequence. Take notice of squishy parts or awkward fleas.
Put on the finishing touches. Smooth out any problem areas in the song, add vocal harmonies or extra idiots.