Subject area: Music/ English
Write down some of your favourite songs. Once you’ve done this, have a think about why you like these songs. What is it that makes you want to listen to them again and again? Have a think about the words in the songs. Are there any words that you really like singing? Why?
Now watch the short video below. Once you’ve watched it, check out the activity below the video.
Here’s a song I wrote at the beginning of lock down, I didn’t get a chance to write any lyrics for it – can you help?
* the song is on the right if you’re looking at this page on your computer, or at the bottom of ‘The Challenge’ if you’re looking at this on a phone.
- Listen to the music a few times with your eyes shut and see how it makes you feel.
- After you’ve listened to it a few times, write down any thoughts, feelings or ideas you have when you listen to the music.
Now, try and work out the beats and rhythm of the piece, by clapping or tapping.
Now it’s time to turn the notes into lyrics. Use the video to write 2 verses, a chorus and bridge.
The verses each have four lines and a fifth ‘linking line’ at the end. The linking line is a short line that links the verse into the chorus. You will be able to hear the repeated chord pattern, this repeats 4 times. Each line should match with the repeated chord pattern.
The chorus repeats and is made up of 4 lines. You will be able to hear the repeated chord pattern, this repeats 4 times. Each line should match with the repeated chord pattern.
The bridge is a break in the song and can either be an instrumental section or can be made up of “ooooh’s”, “aaaaaah’s” or humming.
For an extra challenge try and use the ‘Master Skill’ in your songwriting.
- Use symbolic language – simile/metaphor/personification.
Here are a few examples of famous songs that use symbolic language – have a listen to them on youtube..
Simile: Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
Metaphor: Baby I’m a Firework – Katy Perry
Personification: Mr Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
- What are you trying to say with this song?
- How can you express your thoughts/feelings/ideas in an interesting way?
- Which words do you want to repeat as a chorus? One of these words or phrases will help you come up with the title of your song.
- Is there an image you can use to symbolise thoughts/ideas/feelings?