How to write a really good song REQUIRES indulging in a very PRECISE combination of ecstatic leg-squirming dances in EXACT combination with psychedelic drugs until your clay-like body falls to the ground, cracking angry blades of razor sharp grass into pieces with sorrowful sweat soaked hands as your hungry ears hear their feuding echoes between sky and earth like a quickening bass drum that releases mini volcanoes of secret cocktail scents which torture your quivering nostrils like tiny pitch-forks until you are driven by madness to write down their blood boiling wisdom for listeners to swim in.
And that’s all there is to it.
But hopefully the above paragraph provided an example (although overly dense) of how to write using metaphors and the senses, which can greatly enhance your lyric writing. Dylan Thomas is a wonderful poet and author to check out to help incorporate this type of writing into your lyrics.
So now, how to write a really good song, for real. This ONLY requires two things:
Inspirations and Craft.
1) Inspiration: We all know that inspiration is the starting point of how to write a really good song. But here is a great tip for so many of us who suffer from “not being inspired every second of the day.” Inspiration will come to those who are writing, 10x more frequently than to those who are not!
So, the cure for lack of inspiration for how to write a really good song is to write; write as an exercise, write in a journal, write on napkins in restaurants when the music in the overhead speakers start spinning words and phrases through your mind that are not even in the song, write and record melodies into a voice recorder that pop in your head that pop in your head throughout the day, or force new melodies into existence on the piano or guitar as an exercise. You will get more flashes of inspiration while you are working on music and lyrics than while you are waiting.
2) Craft: how to write a really good song needs to go beyond inspiration into actual craft and technique. Songwriting, for most of us, is not just channeling ideas from GOD, although that can be a significant part of it, but that is channelling; songwriting is what you do with those magical gifts afterwords.
It is the work of weaving together the inspired ideas of melody, lyrics, chords, songs structure, and arrangement, into a final product that holds together with the beauty and symmetry of a Michelangelo sculpture or painting. Where the rubber meets the road with how to write a really good song will always be how well crafted the inspired idea is. How beautifully patterned is the rhyme scheme, metaphors, story development, melodic development, chord progressions, how does the song structure enhance the emotional impact of the hook, and paying close attention to many more specifics is what the craft is all about.
How to write a really good song requires skills that can be learned, just like someone who is naturally gifted at cooking and creating new recipes will become 10x better after nine months of chef school in Paris, you too will become 10x better as a songwriter the more you learn the tools of the trade.
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