Whenever someone uses the word “should” when talking about songwriting, ignore them. There are no “shoulds” or “should nots.”
Songwriting has one rule: there are no rules.
Instead, there are tips, suggestions, and learning from other songwriters whom you respect.
So here are seven songwriting tips from some of the most respected songwriters. All of these people have written numerous hit songs.
Is pop music getting more annoying?
Your answer to this question may be a resounding, non-hesitating, “Yes!” And I’m with you. Pop music nowadays can be really repetitive, uninteresting, and just irritating.
But even though it feels like pop music is more annoying than it used to be, is that actually true? And can the rest of us learn something from pop music?
Yes, I’m saying we musicians should make crappy music.
Let me explain.
You’ve heard the theory: “Smoking weed helps you make better music.”
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When I sit down to write a song, I approach it the same way most songwriters do — with a world-changing idea in mind I want to get across to the listener.
I want the song to have a specific meaning yet hide it behind poetic verbiage. I want the listener to be like, “Woah! These lyrics are blowing my mind!”
But, thanks to Paul Simon, I’m trying to move away from that approach.