How to Write Great Emotional Songs Without Hurting Yourself
By: Chris Glyde
The method of hurting yourself to gather inspiration for lyrics and music isnít a new ideal. It never hit its peak until the 90ís, and has only continued to grow with no signs of letting up.
This method of writing has two core issues: The obvious one, youíre hurting yourself. That is not healthy. Your music becomes limited.
Letís go into more detail about the problems with this method of writing.
Unless youíre a masochist (which hopefully you are getting treatment for), looking for ways to hurt yourself for inspiration is never going to be neither fun nor work. Most people who write using this method are bitter, depressed and generally not that talented.
It creates a poisonous mindset and poor results. People gravitate towards things they can relate to as well as use to put themselves in a better mood.
The bottom line is this: this method of writing is unproductive and unhealthy.
Limiting your music:
Now that weíre done talking about the personal repercussions of this method of writing, lets discuss the actual problems it creates for your music.
Music written using this method is limiting. If youíre always trying to make yourself a victim, all your music is going to be written from the view point of sadness , anger, depression or resentment.
The emotions you base your song off of will limit your chord, form and melody options. I love a good song full of strong emotions, but when your entire catalogue is based around only four emotions, it gets boring quickly.
Another big issue with this method of songwriting is the limited perspective of the songs. Ever since the 90ís, when this method of writing blossomed into the mainstream, every single song has been about I, me etc. Some people actually refer to it as the "me" generation.
Itís been 25 years since the 90ís started, but most songs I hear are still sad or have some sad premise to it. This is extremely obvious in rock music these days. Itís also why many people find most modern rock music to be dull. You can only listen to someone sing about how their life sucks so many times before you become immune to it and it loses all meaning.
At this point, writing in the poor me/hurting myself method has become rather clichť.
Lets move on to the solution.
How can you write great songs that are emotional, real and that you, and the audience can connect with?
A song is a story written in sound rather than pen and paper. If every book was written about how much an authorís life sucked because he went through this terrible break up, NO ONE WOULD BUY IT!
He might have some popularity at first and then people will start avoiding his book and him because it would just drag them down. Who wants to read a book full of pages with someone complaining?
Authors of best selling novels write books about situations, worlds and problems that they have never dealt with or lived through.
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