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Where to start writing your song

Roman Pace
Roman Pace Published on 2022-12-02 16:50:35
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Poets and songwriters are always looking for new ideas for their work - different sources of inspiration: new stories, attitudes toward something, feelings experienced to tell about.

Have you ever sat over a blank sheet of paper for hours and didn't know where to start? A lot of guides say you have to refer to your experiences, your feelings, and decide if it's going to be a narrative story or just a semi-abstract expression of your feelings ("here and now"). It's easy to propose, but far from easy to implement. To write a really good song - you have to learn how to convey the idea itself to the listener through their feelings of perception, through their lived experience.

You give your loved a flower. In its purest form, it is simply the act of giving an object. But the bud of the flower could be as yet unblooming as feelings for the loved one. A flower could smell like a spring morning, its thorns could wound like sharp daggers, its petals could be as gentle as a mother's palms. Probably, its stems as firm and strong as your sense of endearment.

Such a technique is called "object writing". It is by wrapping and framing your pure idea with references to various feelings and sensations, lived emotions, twisting them like a rope, you create a text, which only through its meaning will reach the heart of many of your listeners - at least one of the abstractions will surely echo in the heart of everyone. Of course the intonation and the manner of presenting of a poem or song are still left out, but that's a topic for another post.

The skill of framing a pure idea into a bouquet of feelings comes with long practice. But there is a simpler way, from the opposite direction.

Suppose you already have a ready made melody for a song or a preferred rhythm for a poem. That's all you need to create a draft. Try the features of Poemica generator.

In the Structure tab - you need to create a framework for your future song. Add the required number of lines. For convenience, you can divide the text into verses and choruses. In each line, you need to add the number of syllables you need. If you already have an understanding of rhythm - you can immediately mark which of the syllables should be stressed. To rhyme the desired lines (for example, the first with the third and the second with the fourth), just drag one line to the other.

Now all you need to do is to click on the red button to catch the ready lines. In a few seconds, you'll see the finished, perfectly rhymed and rhythmically matched lyrics. Of course, at first glance (at second and third) you are unlikely to catch any sense in the resulting “masterpiece". But as you keep renewing the lyrics in full or line by line, you may come up with an idea for your new song. You can also edit the lines you like and freeze them to avoid updating them further.

You can even leave the lyrics as they are. It's your right to express yourself the way you want. There are many songs in the world that many people know by heart but not everyone understands the meaning that the creator put into those lines.

Just try it. Be daring and keep creative.