Chasing songwriting trends isn't an effective way to spend your time says Cliff Goldmacher in this weekly online songwriting video. By the time you're aware of any trend that you're hearing on the radio, it's already come and gone. Avoid the temptation to write what you think people will want to hear. If you write what moves you, your songs will always ring true
- By the time you're aware of a trend,…it's too late.…Write what moves you.…Trying to write a hit song is such an elusive thing,…there's this temptation to try and write…what you think is hot or trendy.…The problem with that is that anything…that you're hearing now that's trendy…was most likely part of a trend that's come and gone.…Since it's pretty much impossible…to write for a trend when it's already recognized,…why not just write what moves you?…
Listen to the songs Cliff references in the course by subscribing to his Spotify playlist, Cliff's Weekly Songwriting Tips.
- Writing lyrics that are easy to sing
- Putting the message in the chorus
- Being productive at home
- Putting the hook at the end of the chorus
- Keeping rhyme schemes consistent
- Using repetition in melodies
- Making rough recordings
- Reading poetry for inspiration
- Writing at a regular time
- Taking a writing assignment
- Cutting down a song's length
Skill Level Beginner
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