Music: Lyrical Melodies or Melodious Lyrics?

Hello everyone!

Music is a powerful medium. I love the way words and instruments work together to elicit a heightened emotional response. Some might think I’m strange, because, I hear the lyrics better than the accompaniment. What I mean by that is I will sing a song to the wrong tune because I learned the words but still don’t have the melody down.

For me, the lyrics are what make or break a song. My favorite songs are from musicals because I love the way they move the story along and/or reveal something new about a character. Some of my favorite lyricists are Sir Tim Rice (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Evita, Aladdin, The Lion King), the late Howard Ashman (Little Shop of Horrors, Oliver and Company, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin), and Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights, Hamilton, Moana).

Since we are still at the start of 2017 and trying new things, the prompt for the next two weeks is to write a song. To help you get started, listen to your three to five favorite songs. Look up the lyrics. See if you can figure out what makes those songs appeal to you and then try to duplicate those elements when creating your own song.

Happy writing!