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Music First Then Lyrics, Or Lyrics First Then Music

Discussion in 'Band Management' started by RIP, May 12, 2018.

  1. RIP

    RIP California U.S.A. Supporting Member

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    I wonder sometimes how songs I hear on the radio were written

    I guess the answer would be, it depends......thoughts?
     
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    I would agree yes it depends. Perhaps you have the musical ideas first and they need lyrics. Or some cool poem or words that have nice rhythm into themselves that you need to dress up with some music. What's good about all this is that most often than not it won't be the same person doing both so it will require some nice teamwork to pull it off.

    I recently watched this video after one of my favourite bands reunited, the guitarist comments on how they go about writing. You might find it interesting (9:00 mark).

     
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    The songs I „wrote“ I mostly started with the rhythm guitar line. But I very early think about the lyrics, let’s say about the structure, not about words. Our singer often changes the lyrics because he better knows what he can sing and what does not work on stage.
     
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    I mostly write instrumental music these days, but when I do write lyrics, I find that the lyrics (at least the first couple of lines) show up in my head simultaneously with the vocal melody itself. The whole thing is one unit. Then of course I need to write the rest of the words. So the question for me is, do I write the melody/lyrics first, or the chords/accompaniment? And the answer to that is.... it depends.
     
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    If it comes to lyrics, I'm rather simple. If it rhymes, fits the rhythm and more or less fits the style, I'm fine with it.
     
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    A concept first forms in the mind. Words come while physically working on that.
     
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    I find it a lot easyer to write music, when there are lyrics.
    Our singer always needs the music to write lyrics. So ...
     
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