Sometimes you write a song for yourself – something you must express – similar to what I did with “Half Sisters.” But if you want to write for the commercial market, well, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
This past week I listened to a couple of songwriting podcasts (TaxiTV and The C.L.I.M.B.) and what I took away were these 6 tips for commercial songwriting – at least, this is what the hits of today seem to have in common. Like any kind of writing, what is “in” and what is considered “good” changes as the market changes.
- Positive message
- First person (direct address)
- Present tense
- Love songs
- Show, don’t tell