Are you enjoying the holiday music on the radio, television, and gatherings with friends and family? Try your hand at songwriting. You don’t have to be super serious and dream about winning a Grammy. Songwriting can be a creative outlet to share with others.

The first step is to use raw material for your lyrics. Choose a song title. Deliver the main message in your song through a concise title. Use six words or less.

Build questions around the song title. Who is your audience? What kind of questions might the audience ask?  Brainstorm questions around the title. Think about the feelings and emotions the song might inspire. Develop a story or situation around the title. Focus on three to four big questions.

Choose a song structure. Popular songs we hear today have the following structure:  Verse / Chorus / Verse / Chorus / Bridge / Chorus.  Some songs have a section called a “lift” between the verse and chorus to build enthusiasm. Choose a melody to repeat throughout the song. The listeners will become familiar with the repeated melody.

Choose one question to answer in each chorus. Choose one question to answer in each verse. Respond in a short phrase. Tap into feelings and emotions. Use the five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, hear, and taste.

Find the melody in your song. Practice the song out loud. Practice and tweak the song until it feels right, sounds right, and tells the story you want to tell.

NEXT STEPS: Subscribe to this blog. Draft one fun song to share with family and friends.

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