|Betty's Bloomers #6 detail by Laura Wasilowski|
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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|