Do you know someone who has a really cool way of dressing up? Either to go out to a club or just hanging with friends their way of dressing just keeps you looking at them. Even though pants, shoes, shirts, hats....etc are nothing new to us since we were covering ourselves with leaves. Some people just know how to work the leaves.
Much is the same with songwriting. It's all been said over and over again. But every now again we hear a song that re-news our belief in communication through melodic means. Ever sit and ponder why you like your favorite song so much? I mean, ever break that song down to the very infrastructure that makes it tick for you?
As a songwriter or Producer your JOB is to addict people to your product. A Songwriter must create melodies that people can't help but sing to. The producers job is to bring to life the melodies through the use of the accompaniment to the melody. If people don't hum the words then something in the music must capture the mind enough to addict it to song.
I want to talk about Syllable placement. Once you have the lyrics down and you know what you want to say in the verse or chorus next you have lay the lyrics over the melody so that it's easy to catch by the listener. Too many words and the song becomes wordy. Too little words and too much space makes a song become boring quickly. When the words and melody hit just right you have completed part of the goal of the song. The hard part is doing this in a way that hasn't yet been done. Many people take old melodies and put new lyrics to them and change the melody enough not to get sued by the original melody creator. This is called "knocking off a song". There is actually a big business in writing "Knock Offs" of hit songs cause Tv/Film, which uses knock offs a lot, may not want to pay the fees to the publishers of the original content. So they look for "knock offs" or sound a likes that cost a fraction of what the original cost.
It's really easy to understand. All you need to do is make a melody that is so easy to sing that it evokes the lyric.
For example, hum the itsy bitsy spider without the lyrics. Now just say the lyrics without the melody. Both evoke ,and become a catalyst for the other. This should be your focus as a melody maker. The itsy bitsy spider song has to be over 100 years old but it is still sung today.
A producer must make sure that the accompaniment to the melody is simple enough to support what's being said. Further more, that the bed of sound is in the correct tone of the lyric. For instance no one wants to hear
a song about a break up being accompanied by really happy music. Or, a happy song being supported by depressing music. There should be something in every production that the listener hears that jogs the other senses. For instance if the lyric says "The sun on my face" and while this lyric is being sung you hear chimes or
a cymbal swell that would emulate the sun beaming down on your face. This makes a song more digestible and easy to become addicted to.
It takes a bit of practice and you will write song after song before getting it right and even more songs to keep getting it right. Music is ever evolving so follow it. Try not to put yourself in the way of what you're hearing and just go with your first gut feeling. All the best. This is just what I've noticed about songs I write and songs I love.
I'm a musician/spiritualist
Some of my thoughts are not my upbringing but my experience through life. I'm open to learn so feel free to comment.