Tuesday, May 01, 2012

How to Write Your Next Song

Ever want to be a song writer and win an Oscar for best song in a musical? Me too! That's why I write tunes, for the fame and fortune. Also, I can't help myself.
Betty's Bloomers #6 detail by Laura Wasilowski
Here's how to write your next song:
  1. First pick out a recognizable tune. It's always easier to start with the music first and work the words in around it. If desperate chose the tune to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
  2. Second pick a tune that is in the public domain. That way you can avoid threatening letters from Sting. I always chose a melody from an old folk song or a dirge by the Vikings. Then I know there will be no copyright infringement.
  3. Third pick a genre to write about. Is it love, war, a grocery store item like fruit? My personal mission is to write songs about all the aspects of the world of quilting: fabric, thread, puckered seams.
  4. Fourth take a long drive and begin writing your lyrics. I've discovered that my best songs are written while driving at 70 miles per hour. Sure handling a pen and paper is tough at those speeds but song writing is an art people! We do not break for the muse!
  5. Once the tune and lyrics are down pat, practice them fervently and loudly in the car, shower, and back yard. Master the song and send it out into the world with a joyful noise.
Coleen's Calling Birds #15 detail by Laura Wasilowski
I hope you've found these song writing tips helpful. Remember it's not the song you sing off key that matters, it's the song in your heart.


TheaM said...

to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star:

Laura, Laura - we love you!
Always cheerful, right on cue.
Colors cut in pretty shapes,
Fused to backgrounds - right in place!

(my daddy was a songwriter, the tune is definitely the hard part!)

Hugs & music, Thea

Gene Black said...

to the tune of Alouette

Applique, fused applique, Applique, so-o fun to do.
First you put the fusing on, First you put the fusing on, don't kill the glue, light press will do.
don't kill the glue, light press will do.
Applique, fused applique, Applique, so-o fun to do.

Sequana said...

100 pieces of fabric to fuse, 100 pieces to fuse. If one of those pieces happens to rip, 99 pieces to fuse.....repeat ad nausem.

I'd LOVE any kind of letter from Sting, btw.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing that. You cheered me up no end.

Margaret said...

Happy fusing to you!
Happy fusing to you!
May your iron never wear out;
Happy fusing to you!

(And so much more...)


Thanks for starting my day off with a chuckle.

Faith said...

Thank you! This hasn't been the nicest day for me. I have been oh so crabby as a result. After reading this, I am smiling and trying to think of a silly lyric to any old tune that'll come to me. It all reminds me of the quote "Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway" by Emory Austin. Wish I'd remembered it earlier, but thank you for reminding me now!