I just discovered this site while looking for a platform to upload my songs.
I've started writing songs recently, and I wanted some exterior feedback. Thank you in advance for your time. I'll post some songs here soon.
Welcome to the Junction, Melissa. Nice to have you here. You will have noticed that it took a little while for your first post to appear. This is because first posts need moderation. It's an anti-spam thing. Future posts should appear straight away, although sometimes the second post also needs moderation - not quite sure why. Looking forward to hearing your songs and having you as part of the community here.
Hey Melissa. My name is Jen. What kind of songs do you write? I'm a bit of an eclectic sort myself, blues, rock, metal, classical, pop, jazz, folk....so I look forward to seeing what you've come up with. Welcome to the Junction. 🙂
I don't really know if I belong to a particular genre. I guess calm pop? I posted a song here just now, so why don't you make an idea for yourself 🙂 haha
I take a lot of inspiration from Billie Eilish, but with brighter themes. I'm not very cultured in music sadly, so I don't know what other artists my music might reming you of.
Hello Melissa. I'm Marc-Alan Barnette, or "MAB." Welcome around. The subject of "genre" comes up often as people are trying to find if its something to relate to and posibly be interested enough to personally work with it. So having a few favorite artists that might draw some comparrisons to are always a good idea. If you are more primarily a "writer", genre is not as important because you should attempt to write in several genres. If you are an "artist" you generally have to have a more narrow focus because potential listeners need to know what you are trying to do. Again, it is all about getting and keeping attention.
I'm personally always intersted in what has driven people to be involved in music, how their journey is going and what their expectations are. We all start off writing for much the same reasons, self expression, but most people develop interests in other aspects, from simply finding like minded people to share a hobby, to those interested in the business side and how all that works. So describing a little bit of your own interests helps people get to know you and see if you can help build some allies among the people here. We are all friends and all are willing and ready to help out if we can. Hope you like it here. Nice folks.
Here's some good advice from MAB (a member here)
I may or may not be an enigma
Hi, It actually should be more "DO SOMETHING A DAY" for your overall writing.
This could be writing down a story line.
Collecting some titles.
Sitting somewhere watching people to see what could be an interesting story for a song.
Learning a guitar chord.
Pulling up a favorite song, looking at the lyrics and breaking down the song and why you like it.
Going to a songwriter's show or viewing some people on their web sites and learning from them.
Finding out if there are songwriter related groups in your area.
Should you write a "chorus" a day? That would probably depend on what your overall experience is. In my experience, making music starts with co-writing with other people so you learn by doing. So trying to find people in your area that you might write with is very important.
I read and a musician friend of mine said I had to write at least one "chorus" a day to practice. But writing only goes for me if I have the inspiration. So how do I practice it?
Hi bogi. I think perhaps expecting to write a chorus every day is a little optimistic, especially if you find that you can only write when inspiration strikes. What MAB says is spot on (as always). Just committing to doing something that forwards your learning every day is a more achievable goal. You know, if you're not inspired, just listen to music. Listen not as a listener, but as a learner. Notice where the chorus falls in the song, notice what they did for the bridge. How did they catch the listener's attention at the start? What's the hook? Is it a good one? Could you think of a better one that fits the story they're telling? What are the lyrical strengths of the song? Are there any weaknesses? Can you think of how you would improve the lyrics? etc I hope that helps.
Hey Jenny, Jenny, good to hear from you, thanks for the mention. How are things down unda?
Bogi, one of the first things you need to get past is "only writing when the inspiration hits me." That is really one of the mistakes most newer writers go through. The "Muse" or Inspiration is NOT going to always be there. You are going to have to learn to make things up even when you don't feel like it.
You could compare it to movie or television actors doing a role. They don't always FEEL LIKE IT. They get sick. They have personal issues. They have bad days or nights (or suffer from the bad nights leading into the bad days. ) Yet, the HAVE to perform. That is the job. When "ACTION" is yelled, they have to do what they are hired to do.
Or a great athlete. When the whistle blows, they have to go to work. Or they DON'T WORK.
Songwriters are often like that. Writing with other people is part of what builds this muscle. 90% of hit songs you hear on the radio, were written or at least started, off the cuff. Sometimes from an idea or thought, but much of the time, out of nothing except a conversation between a couple of people. Or an artist just making up some "da da da" lyrics to a groove someone has. That is songwriting.
To build THAT muscle, you have to build up to it. Doing "one thing a day" is a good way to do that.
LEarn a musical instrument.
Study some videos on YOU TUBE or FACEBOOK to learn about the crafting of songs and biographies on songwriters.
Going to a songwriters show and WATCHING and learning from someone who actually does it.
Going to a chart of your favorite genre, ,and studying and breaking down songs, their lyrics, how they were written.
Making a personal connection online with someone you can bounce ideas off of. Studying THEIR music and getting to know who THEY are.
Going to a music store and just hanging out, meeting some people, Visiting the bullitien board to see if there are some songwriter activities going on.
Viewing a web cast or pod cast from a swriter, producer, artists. There are thousands of those on the net. Google "Songwriters pod cast."
You have more opportunities than any songwriters ever have had this site among others are one of those. Take advantage of it. But you have to support others if you want them to support you.
At all comes down to taking baby steps each day. Depends on how bad you want to do something.