Friday, August 01, 2003

You Can Write a Song!

Yes you can! Your brain was designed to make music - it's part of being human.

Sometimes people lose their music from not using it, but you are young, and you love music - I know because you're on my fan list!!

So you can write a song!!

Look at my daughter, Evalyn. When she was only one year old she started writing songs! Her first one went "Mmmm ba mmmm" over and over.

OK, so you're thinking "Mmmm ba mmmm" isn't exactly a million seller, and you're right. But Evalyn's song was a big hit around here. She loved singing it, and her mom and dad loved hearing it. And what better reason is there to sing your own songs than for the pure fun of it?

Am I saying that any old sound you make is a song? Well, no...

Songs have two parts, words and music. Music can be any sort of "organized sound." Usually music has rhythm and melody.

If you aren't sure what rhythm and melody are exactly, don't worry. They are both in you and they come out naturally when you sing.

So if you sing a few words, does that mean you wrote a song? Almost...

If you write down what you sing, record it, or remember it in your head so that you can sing it pretty much the same way every time, then congratulations, you wrote a song!

Songs can be short or long; they can repeat the same thing over and over and over or never repeat at all; they can be nonsense or they can tell a story. But all songs tell something - even if it's just a feeling.

Do you need a guitar or piano to write a song? No! Your voice is an instrument, so use it!

Do you need to be able to read or write music notation? No! Written music is just one way to remember how a song goes. Get a tape recorder and sing into it. That's what I do, and it's an easy way to remember your song!

When Evalyn sang "Mmmm ba mmmm," even though her "words" were nonsense, they were the same every time. They had a particular rhythm and melody. And she was telling us something with the way she sang it - she ways saying "I feel calm and happy." Her song was as sweet to my ears as anything I've heard on the radio!

If a one-year-old baby can do it, so can you!

So next time you feel happy, sad, angry, or silly, let the world know with your very own song!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi
My name is Diggory Rush(age 10) I am starting a band called the CrAzY ApEs we have all the instruments and equitment but we dont have any thing to play with the songs.

p.s Please help

Anonymous said...

Hi. I'm Sarah. I have been attempting to write songs since I was about 9 or 10. It is hard but a lot of the stuff that I've come up with sounds the same. What can I do?

Anonymous said...

HI MY NAME IS MARISA SCHENKEL I AM 10. I ALWAYS DREAMED OF SIMING AND I STILL DO.I SING ALOT EVEN IN THE SHOWER!!! I HOPE TO BE FAMOUS SINGER WHEN I GROW UP!

Anonymous said...

hi.am lisa. i am finding it hard to compose a song.I can make up lyrics but i find it difficult to make up a melody that hasnt been used before to fit in with my lyrics. what can i do?

Monty said...

Hi Lisa,

I covered writing melodies here: http://songguru.blogspot.com/2004/01/writing-melody.html

I hope it helps, but if you have any more specific questions or ways you get stuck, let me know.

Anonymous said...

hi my name is shelly-louise charlesworth and i love to write songs im doing one right now called "your alot like me" and im nearly finished where should i send it?? from shelly louise charlesworth 12

Anonymous said...

hi i'm wilson and i have always loved mucia i have trid 100000000 of time to write my own but it never work but u helped a lot thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

hi i'm 11 years old i like singing i can sing and i love music i wanna write songs but i can't come up with lyrics or beats that have not yet been used plzzz help me i really wanna become a singer

Monty Harper said...

Hi,
Right now singer/songwriters are pretty popular - people who write and sing their own songs. But, writing your own songs is definitely not the only way to go. There are plenty of genres in which singers usually or often sing songs written by somebody else. These include pop, country, folk, theater, and others. Either way, I'd advise you to start out by learning to sing existing songs. Even if you eventually want to write your own, learning others now will give you a good songwriter's sense to start from. Please explore the archives on this site as well, because almost any of the advise given will help you write original songs that don't sound like existing songs.

Anonymous said...

hi. i can write lyrics i just dont get the part about writing music. Can you help me???

Monty Harper said...

You can read my advice on writing melodies here: Posts about melody.

Anonymous said...

Im not aloud to put my name on the internet but i've always wrote songs but it all feels like its missing something Any advice???

Monty Harper said...

It's hard to say what might be missing from your songs without hearing them. Keep asking yourself why you like the songs you like - what about them really works for you? Try to do the same. Try to write lyrics that really mean something to you - that's more important than making them rhyme or anything else. Be patient with yourself and keep writing - if you keep writing new songs they will get better.

Anonymous said...

I'm Antonio, and I attend middle school. I like this one girl a lot, so I wrote her a love song and sand it to her to express my feelings for her.

Monty Harper said...

Hi Antonio,
Very cool! I hope she loved it!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Thanks. Im 13 years old and I'm trying to write this song about a crush :)

Anonymous said...

I dream of becoming a Singer to a very famous Singer and you don't have to WAIT!! compose and compose and sing let it come from your HEART and hope your dreams come TRUE

Frances perez said...

I really need a song because I want to be a songwriter when I grow up







Age 10

Anonymous said...

Im age 13
I won't to right a song I can make some beatiful lyrics but not beats but its in me I got to find it