Long before the printed word captured our brains and locked us down into the alphabet (see The Alphabet and the Goddess) we had songs. For much of our history as a species, we have sung our prayers, psalms, sagas, stories and epic poems. Songs are in our genes, and today songs are exploding worldwide, from garage bands in small African villages to basement bands in Seattle. Songs can provide a heart to heart connection between people that mere text can never do, engaging the emotional power of music coupled with poetry.
Just think...the right songs can change the world in wondrous ways. Remember "We Are The World"? How about John Lennon's "Imagine"? What about "We Shall Overcome"?
If you have ever wanted to write songs, your journal is a perfect place to start. If you are not a musician, find a friend who is, and collaborate.
If you are serious about songwriting, don't be afraid to take a course and study with a pro. One of the best songwriting workshops in the country is taught by Jim Messina (of Loggins and Messina fame): Check out Jim's website at:
From the Workshop description: Unlike “fantasy” rock camps, this is the “real deal” for singer-songwriters who wish to explore their creative selves. During this Six-Day Intensive workshop, Jim Messina will work with singer-songwriters to help them learn new ways to find the words to express their emotions and feelings in lyrical terms.
Also check out the songwriting software programs that are now available, such as:
From the Songwriting Software site:
How Can Songwriting Software Help You?
Songwriting software can make writing, recording and promoting your songs a lot more fun, easy and productive and greatly help organize and improve your songwriting efforts. lyric-wise, music-wise and marketing-wise.
Also, and perhaps most importantly, songwriting software may very well help you at least write better songs that you'll enjoy more and may even help lead to a chart busting hit :-)
This site is for all types of songwriting including pop, country, hip-hop, rap, r&b, rock, world, religious, children's, musical theatre and more. Basically any type of popular music.
And programs' instrument emphasis is on piano-keyboard and guitar for both PCs and Macs.
Plus, on this site you will also find a wide and growing array of songwriting items, programs and services that are designed to enhance your songwriting development and enjoyment along the way.
It is the mission of this site to explain and share songwriting software programs, tools and resources that are easy to learn and implement and will enable you to enjoy benefits like: