To give you a personal example, I just recently had the opportunity to collaborate on a song that was slated to be used for a national TV ad campaign for a high profile electronics corporation.
So with this information in mind, I began to think of how to write a song with such specific parameters in mind. It's starkly different to write in this manner than how I typically would write, so I had to come up with a different approach from how I would normally. The results were The song “Happiness.” (You can click on the song title to download a free copy of the song).
Here are 3 tips I used to successfully accomplish that goal.
Try to imagine what the song is about and how you can tell the story of that song through your lyrics. Using very descriptive words as if you were talking directly to someone works really well. For example in “Happiness,” the song that I eventually wrote for this ad, the first verse is from a first-person's perspective who says things like,
“Last Night I Had A Dream That You'd Come Home... Tried To Eat Some Breakfast And I Brushed My Teeth....Tried To Read The Newspaper, Maybe Walk The Dog.”
Writing lyrics in this style, helps give the listener a mental picture because everyone has had a dream, brushed their teeth or at least seen someone walking a dog. Writing in this manner enables the listener to relate to the story you are telling.
2. Write About What You Know -
This may seem like an obvious tip however it's easy to forget and go off on subjects you are not as versed in. When you venture where you don't have as much knowledge, your story isn't as believable. Consequently, if your story isn't believable, your songs won't have much chance of getting picked up for commercials, TV shows, movie soundtracks or listened to on the radio.
However, when you do write about subjects you have experience with, your ability to create emotion is exponentially more successful. You've been there...you know what you're talking about and that comes across in your writing. That's where the 3rd tip really comes into play.
3. Put Yourself In A “Mind-State”-
The very successful entrepreneur and writer of “Think And Grow Rich”, Napoleon Hill, wrote and believed that if you put your mind into a certain “state” it opens you up to what he calls “creative imagination”. He also believes that you can access your “creative imagination” by increasing the vibration of your thoughts.
But what does this mean, “increase the vibration of your thoughts”?
Try thinking back to important moments in your life when you felt a strong desire for something. That's what experiencing “increased thought vibration” is all about.
In order to invoke this way of thinking when writing “Happiness”, I brought up thoughts in my mind of an old relationship where my girlfriend was away on a long trip. During this time, I was depressed, lonely and I really missed her. But when she came home, I was never more happy in my life!
Reviewing those emotions increased my thought vibrations that coincided with the feelings I wanted to convey in my song.
You can hear evidence of this in the chorus,
“Baby when you're gone...I'm such a mess.”
And in the Bridge,
“Then I Heard Your Footsteps And My Knees Got Weak.” I Turned Around, You Knocked Me Down, The Only Word That Came Was, Happiness!”
(To help you fully understand and apply these 3 tips to creating feeling in your lyrics, you can download and listen to my song “Happiness” for free Here!)
Here's what you need to do right now:
1. Click on the orange button that says, “Download Happiness Now”
2. Then on the next page, follow the instructions to immediately Download the song Happiness.
Give them a try in your next writing session and see where it takes you. I promise that when you do, you'll be far more likely to tap into your creative imagination, which is where your inner genius lies. This will lead you to be very successful in your songwriting.
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