This is something I’ve been wanting to write for a while now, I just haven’t been able to think it out until now. Creating a good song, now that is something that shouldn’t be complicated, but from all of the things that I’ve seen, it is. Now, we don’t all agree on what makes a good song, but this editorial should at least help to show that most of us that believe in “good” music, have very similar beliefs on how to create it.
Lyrics – Now to me, I believe that the base of a good song should be it’s lyrics. It pains me when I hear songs where the lyrics aren’t very well thought out, or most of them are slurs and curses. Not to mention the songs that turn women in to objects of either negativity or sex. Not something that I really like or care for. I usually like songs that intend for the listener to do deeper thinking than they usually would. Songs that symbolized love and respect, while capturing your heart, enrapturing thoughts as well as speaking to you.
Music is basically poetry with a background track, and as such, we want our poetry to be good right? Music should speak about situations people go through in life, but not glorify or place a shiny light on the negativity people are used to dealing with. Songs should be more uplifting, telling people about struggles and tribulations, but also warning and forbidding from following in the same cycle. Bring together people by focusing on the pain the world shares, or giving ideas to young people that are useful to them. Inspire minds to speak better for themselves, not be mindless dragged down.
I’ve always personally felt that any artist who gains fame should be willing to use that fame to bring attention to issues that need to be taken care of. We see so many people make it out today and become successful, but we rarely see any of them take the time to actually give back to the communities that they grew up in. And of the few that do, they don’t get the attention that they need to truly help everyone. I know I’m drifting off subject, but I’m getting back to it. Just simply, we have to come up with better things to be said, instead of using and creating terms that only serve to harm us rather than help us.
Beat – Now, every good song deserves a beat, what kind of beat, well, that depends on the song, but it should be something that fits well with the lyrics. Lots of times there are songs made where the beat is great, but the lyrics don’t quite fit the track. Well, that’s usually because the artist and the producer have separately created their pieces, and just fused them together, which doesn’t always turn out right. Either more focus should be placed on the lyrics, and the beat created around them, or more focus on the beat, so that the lyrics can be entangled in them. I for the life of me don’t know how people like songs where the lyrics and the track just don’t match up well. When I hear any song that sounds thrown together, I feel as if I’m going to vomit, and that the craft has been insulted. With the millions of artists and producers in the world, it’s baffling how songs that lack a consistent, matching rhythm are mainstream.
Melody – See, a melody can either be created in the track, of by the artist performing the lyrics, but there should definitely be one. But for a melody to be created, everything has to mesh well. If a song isn’t properly constructed, a melody is a waste of time. It would only serve to make the song sound worse. but then again, there are plenty of songs that sound good, that just aren’t. That goes back to the lyrics however, which usually is the problem nowadays.
Feeling/Meaning – This, I feel, is the most important part of the song, the feel. This is created through the lyrics, beat, and melody. If any one thing is off, then the feel of the song is not going to come out like it should, this I know from personal experience. I’ve tried producing tracks to get a certain feel, and have only just begun to create tracks that match the feeling I want them to have, though my own songs are yet to have lyrics placed to them, I’m lacking a proper microphone.
This is my overall opinion about good music, though I think I spilled a bit in the lyrics section, I’ve covered all of my major points, hopefully this is helpful to someone. I didn’t intend to become an after school special, but if it isn’t from the heart, then there would have been no need for me to write. To those already doing everything they can to create positive and uplifting music, keep p the good work, and those that are on their way, keep striving, you’ll eventually get there.