Songwriting is more than just writing lyrics!

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Its actually writing a SONG! A song that has a hot melodic structure, strong content, movement, consistency in verse quality, smooth transitions, marketability, a strong catchy hook, a unique concept that reaches the market in which you are trying to reach, vocal production, vocal arrangements, conviction and feeling, and last but not least, growth.

After you finish with the song, it should have the ability to stand the test of time.

This is what songwriting is. Songwriting is what makes the song complete. As a creator in lyrics, you have to take in account all these areas that I have listed above. One feature of it is just as important as the next feature. They are all needed in order to come to the product finale of a stellar hit marketable song that can be placed in a variety of multi-media.

Songwriting is not easy for those who think it is. When you take into account the characteristics, its very tedious. It is imperative to be a student and stay on top of hot topics, melodic structures, dynamics and animation within a song. Music is constantly changing, you must know how to change with it.

Writing songs is in my DNA. I understand what it takes to put together a great song, a hit song. I have a formula, but my formula may not be the same as yours. It is something that one must find as you focus in on your craft.

Its so important for people to understand what songwriting really is. I’m writing this to open up the minds of writers that its way bigger than what you may see on the surface. You are putting together a film, a scene and in that film and scene, you have to see the whole picture not just one aspect of it.

Paint the masterpiece of your song. Fill in the darker darks and the lighter lights. Let the audience know where the light source is coming from and where the shadows will hit. Choose your medium well, your target market. accomplish the goals of every stroke to gear towards that market while maintaining the identity and personality of the subject matter. The concept and you as its host, must be one. I know you can hear it. break down and build to inherit its proximity (the art term). It is a beautiful thing!

-LeXXah Drew It-

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Remember What You Wrote……….

……..So that many years from now you can remember how you thought, what you thought and how you grew.

It’s a great reference for self-evaluation.

I look at things that I’ve written in the past and it just amazes me to see how I was thinking and the ideas that came across my mind. It’s just crazy thinking about it.

The cool thing about it is, when I read past writings or stories or blogs, I can feel that exact moment and feeling that I felt when I wrote it. The atmosphere around my mind just comforts my mindset and I sit there and laugh or smile. Its like I’m sitting there watching myself from days ago or years ago.

Remembering what you wrote can allow you to remember not only who you were then, but who you want to be. Sometimes the moments of the past can do that. We as people go through transformations daily. We are forever and always reconstructing our identity because believe it or not, we are constantly changing.

The goal in life is to get better, wouldn’t you say?

Remembering what you wrote can help you understand the thought process of not only what you had, but the thought process of your own child. You can relate at a more personable level to remind you that you were once a child. At one point in time you thought like this and did this or you went through this and thought this way.

In those moments when they come to be, you don’t have to contradict yourself in teaching or disciplining in your child. You don’t have to condemn them for actions, thoughts and growing pains that they have because you as the parent went through it yourself.

History repeats itself and so you can witness similar mistakes and/or tendencies and still you can laugh because you know that, that was you at one point. I know not everyone has a child or children, but it is a unique analogy that demonstrates the value and purpose of remembering what you wrote.

It is much like practicing what you preach, but not all that you have written is about teaching. The ideas and concepts that you come up with or emotions that you had in a particular situation or a trial that you went through and you learned from it.

THIS IS YOUR LIFE.

Remember what you wrote not just for your self venting, motivation, encouragement and reinventing purposes, but remember what you wrote to help you help understand someone else and not according to you, but for them. Scenarios will never be exactly the same, but your lyrics, your writings, your poems, your short stories, your memoirs, your persuasion pieces, your diaries, your blog entries, your books, your songs and your side notes are references to not only your life, but a life and lives to be.

Think of it as grooming and molding. Remember what you wrote. Go back to the beginnings of your chapters. There will be pain, sorrow, happiness, joy, excitement, laughter and many other emotions, but it is your testimony of how far you have come. You went through and you came out. You created something and it was beautiful. You learned something and you taught it to someone else who needed to hear it and read it. You were down about something, but you used those words of yours to motivate and uplift morale. And it all came from what you wrote.

ALWAYS REMEMBER MY FRIEND.

-LeXXah Drew It-

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