How to Write a Song

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“How to Write a Song” by Allyson Jones
Think back to the last time you heard your favorite song. You plant your headphones on, close your eyes, and completely immerse yourself in the music. You hang on to every word and every note, enchanted by the passionate vocals and addictive melodies. But have you ever wondered what really goes into making a song? Every Songwriter uses different methods to compose a song. In fact, if you were to type “how to write a song” in a Google search bar, you would get about 685 million results! When it comes to songwriting, the possibilities are endless. After years of trial and error, I’ve come up with a simple, four step process on how to write a song. This process strikes a perfect balance between structure and creativity, and makes songwriting a fun and easy way to express yourself. All you need is a pen and paper, a recording device, some free time, and your instrument of choice.

The first step in writing your song is to get the creative juices flowing. The point of this step is to spark inspiration. Stimulate all of your senses to put yourself in a creative and artistic frame of mind. Try listening to music and avoid limiting yourself to one or two genres. I have found, through personal experience, that this can curtail the potential uniqueness of the song. Once, after listening to an Alanis Morrisette album, I attempted to write a new song. Every line I came up with was either exactly the same, or very similar to her lyrics, and the song ended up sounding like a cheap imitation of her music. So keep the music selection eclectic. Also, go for a walk, see beautiful things, watch a powerful movie. You’d be surprised how important visual stimulation is in the songwriting process. The best song I have ever written was made at the beach, during sundown. Also, take time to meditate on things that have been on your mind lately, or talk to your friends about what’s going on in their lives. Basically, look for any ideas and...
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