Michael Anderson In a sense, every song is a story song — it tells the story the writer is attempting to convey in that song. But in a more specific way, for the purpose of this article, I am defining a story song as one that contains the easily recognized elements of telling a narrative, linear story — beginning, middle and end, with a recognizable story arc that contains the classic elements of drama and delivery. Like a mini-short story, book, or movie.
Work on the melody and chords using the verse and chorus lyric you have, gradually smoothing and changing until you have something you like.
Then write the rest of the lyric to the final melody. Songs for musical theater are different — they usually do require perfect rhymes. Check out a web site like Rhymedesk.
Read my post To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme on my blog site. Know when to take a break Work on your lyric for short periods of time.
Take a walk and let things settle for awhile. Keep the hit song melody in your head. The most important thing and the most difficult is to keep the emotional integrity of the song intact.
Keep working on the lyric until you are genuinely moved and excited by it. Check out my books at Amazon. Back to Contents list. While song melodies and lyrics are copyrighted, in general, these familiar chord progressions are not.
C-Am-F-G belongs to everyone! You can use this type of generic chord progression in your own songs. Listen to a recent hit song and learn to play along on either guitar or keyboards. There are many YouTube videos that will show you how to play recent hits.
These are protected by the copyright law. Learn to play chords If you already have an idea for your melody, you can hunt for the chords that fit. Check out my Resources page for a good one. Or you can take a few lessons from a local music teacher. Many music stores offer lessons.
Your local community center or college may have classes. Or ask friends and neighbors to refer a teacher. We know chords, we know song craft, we know how to follow our emotions — none of this has anything to do with how many dazzling riffs and licks you can play.
Just strum or chord along with your voice and keep the emotional feel front and center. Karaoke tracks offer an instant backing track that can inspire ideas and get you singing your lyrics to a contemporary beat.
Go ahead and write a song for friends and family or just for songwriting practice. The track itself is copyrighted but generally the chords are not. Read on my blog: A lyric with a single, strong emotional focus is ideal for this use.In a sense, every song is a story song – it tells the story the writer is attempting to convey in that song.
Writing isn’t easy, and writing a good story is even harder. I used to wonder how Pixar came out with such great movies, year after year.
Then, I found out a normal Pixar film takes six years to develop, and most of that time is spent on the story. This easy-to-use guide will show you how to write a song, from finding a great title to writing your melody. Hands-on songwriting exercises will jump start your creativity, .
What kind of story would use this song as a soundtrack? Imagine the story you are about to write will be made into a movie (we can dream, right?) and this song will be on the soundtrack. Use the song to dream up a movie-worthy plot point or to envision a new setting or character.
The movie was about an interesting STORY! If you involve storytelling when writing song lyrics, you will instantly connect with more people. They will hear your lyrics . The story is about a writer creating, finding, or writing a story.
The story contains another piece of fiction within it. The narrator intentionally appears in the story either as a character or as a divine entity telling the reader what he or she is going to do next.