Join Cliff Goldmacher for an in-depth discussion in this video Write based on the day's conversation, part of One-Minute Songwriting Tips.
- Write a song based on something in the conversation you're having with your collaborator. If you're new to co-writing, or have a set way of doing it, it can seem daunting to consider going into a writing session and just seeing what comes up, instead of meticulously preparing in advance. There's real value in giving consideration ahead of time to your lyric concept, melody, or some combination. The risk, however, is that you're missing an idea or a hook that could arise spontaneously in conversation. Why not take a deep breath, and show up to your next co-writing appointment with nothing but a willingness to work on whatever comes up.
I can tell you from personal experience, I love writing this way. I'll never forget, I had a co-writer come in, sit down, and say, I'm a little bit tired of singing about love. I looked at her, and I said, that's the first line of our song, and it was, and it ended up being a song that we both were really excited about.
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- 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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