THE BASIC FRAMEWORK OF A SONG

YOUR IDEA

  1. Anything can be a good song idea if the lyric is written well.
  2. The best idea is one that people can easily relate to.
  3. The idea presents an emotion that people feel, have felt, or want to feel.
  4. An idea that through the process of the lyric is remembered at the end.

There are not many new ideas out there, at least ones that are worth writing about. What makes an idea genuine and unique is it’s view through your eyes, or from your perspective.

How many songs have been written about falling in love, and how many more will be written?

YOUR TITLE

  1. A title that people are going to remember.
  2. The title should summarize what the song is about.
  3. If possible, make that title jump out so if the listener does not know the name of the song, it won’t be hard to figure out from hearing the song once.

HOW YOU START

  1. The start is like your best barroom “pick up line.”
  2. The start should catch the listener’s attention and make them want to stay to find out what happens at the end.
  3. The start should set the scene.

HOW YOUR SONG PROGRESSES

  1. Arrange your song so it has a logical progression from start, through the middle, and an ending.
  2. Move your listeners through your lyric in a linear fashion. It will be easier for them to remember.

One of my friends told me that when she listens to my songs it’s like watching a little mini-movie. It sets the opening scene then takes you through to the ending. That’s my goal!

A MUSIC FORM TO FIT THE LYRIC

  1. I feel that this is a matter of taste.
  2. How do you want to deliver the song?
  3. Verse/chorus, AABA, AAA are the major forms but there are variations that can stem from these forms. We will get into those in later posts.

Well, that’s the basic framework of a song. If you avoid making it any more complicated than that, then songwriting can quickly become a very natural process for you.