How to write a song from the heart
Being an effective songwriter clearly lies with the listener.
A songwriter can carefully craft their lyrics and whip a melody into symphonic candy but the real test remains in the listeners hands.
Getting your message across to an audience while keeping your listeners engaged and involved from beginning to end is no easy task.
That’s why I sat down with Detroit, Michigan Songwriter Greg Paddock who’s song just hit more than 90K listeners to get some perspective on how he writes his songs.
Why do you write songs?
I have always enjoyed creative writing as well as creative lyrics in songs. I also like to tell stories and found an amazing outlet in songwriting to tell those stories whether they are from life experiences or things I may observe in everyday life.
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What’s your process?
Do you write the song or the lyrics first and then let us know how you develop a song from start to finish.
Well, my songwriting process has varied on the songs I’ve written for our EP-Cotswold. My guitarist Ryan Harrison, and I just had this discussion today as we were making the 4 and half hour drive to performance out of town.
When The Fall was written, I wrote the lyrics in about a half an hour in once sitting because the words just came flowing to me.
The melody came into my head over the next week or so….and it just repeated for a month or two.