With the eventfulness of life, there seem to be no shortage for reasons to write a song. From personal issues and fantasies, to political drama and just having fun, the need to write could spring from almost anything.
But how about writing songs that could help people feel better about themselves? Are you keen on penning lyrics for a depressed friend? And why should you anyway?
Well, for starters, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) says that approximately 6.7 percent of the adult population suffers from one form of depression or another. To put that into perspective, more than 15 million people are affected by worthless, fearful, and even suicidal thoughts during any given year, and those numbers are for the U.S. alone. Just think of how many more people around the world go through the same thing.
Okay, so this email is not an endorsement for the ADAA or any other anti-depression society. It’s about giving you one more songwriting idea. That’s what we’re all about – giving you information and resources you can use to amplify your own songwriting skills and career.
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Anyway, back to the topic. The concept of writing music to help the depressed is actually pretty big. Many people rely on music to get them through depressing periods in their lives and that is one of the ways some people decide who their favorite artist or song is.
Long time hits such as “Paint it Black” by the Rolling Stones and “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M. to later songs such as “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson and “Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato, all speak in one way or another to the depressed. Even rap artists are in on the act. Eminem is well-known for baring some of his deep, dark thoughts in numbers such as “Rock Bottom” and The Notorious B.I.G. once rhymed about his “Suicidal Thoughts.”
There are numerous other examples, but you get the idea; writing songs to help a friend who is depressed could mean helping numerous others around the world. It could be that a listener is able to identify with the words of your song and feels better knowing that he or she is not alone. Or, your message could resonate with people who are feeling uninspired and are searching for a reason to go on.
Either way, it’s a good idea to write lyrics in honor of those around you, or even to highlight your own depression. After all, everyone suffers some form of anxiety from time to time. Go ahead – try it out for the next couple of days and let us know how it works out.