Saturday, 17 March 2012

How to write a song

You may or may not remember in November how I posted my November resolutions. One of those was to write a song. Many a person has given me suggestions on what to make the song about, but I have still not written anything that I am happy with. So I thought I could use this post to explore the joys and sorrows of lyric writing, and hopefully receive some inspiration while I am at it.

The thing with song writing is that we all love the end result, the song. I love hearing good songs on the radio or on my iPod, and too often I am left thinking, "Why can't I write a song like that?". Especially when some lyrics seem so simple, yet so divine in the way they capture the exact thoughts in my mind. One song's chorus goes

"Too much to do, and there's not enough time. Not enough time."

This is one of my favourite songs at the moment, (Too Much To Do, by Sparkadia, if you were wondering) and although it is simple, it is a wonderful song to sing along to and get stuck in your head.

So I get to the point where I decide, I just need two lines for a chorus or maybe even less. it'll be easy to write a song then! But that isn't how it works out, well not for me anyway...

There are joys in song writing too though. You may have read my poem on rain, which with the help of a friend has been turned into a song. I have since played it in front of many friends and family, and it is always a joy listening to my brother humming along to a song that I wrote. But it seems my creative skills have stopped there...

I think my problem is that my mind is set on "having a time for everything". When I have time to sit down and think of some song lyrics, my mind is set on not giving anything, but at random intervals, I feel like everything and anything could fit into a song.

So, it seems if you found this post because of the title "How to write a song", you have definitely come to the wrong place. But I am never going to give up, and I hope you don't either.

The Psalmist wasn't necessarily talking about me then when he said "He is like a tree planted by streams of water ... Whatever he does prospers" but when I do write a song, I am sure it will be filled with what God has done for me, and how under him my life is fulfilled to the fullest.


  1. You could find 3 words at random from a dictionary or any book and then write a song about them.

  2. Thanks for delightful read. I admire you for wanting to write a song and I am sure it will be a wonderful one when you do. I wish I had that talent.

  3. Clare, thanks for the idea, but I feel like I want the Bible to be my inspiration. Something about a tree by the river?

    But you are right, I shouldn't limit my imagination any further! It's hard already!

  4. Love this and love your heart my cousin!!! I agree let his Word be your inspiration and ask Him for it... I'm sure it will come! Like for me when I had to write a song for my song writing class!( they do exist in bible college!!)- I was inspired by this poster I kept walking past in our corridor which had the verse from Ezekiel 36:26 which talks about God giving us a ' new heart and a new spirit'' in the beginning, that's all I had but it just kept repeating over and over in my head, so eventually that became the chorus...perhaps I can share it with u sometime:) Can't wait to hear your Tree Song tho;)