Song energy is a real thing. Just think about how you subconsciously start moving to the beat of your favorite songs and how you don’t even bat an eye when you hear others.
If you’re concerned about how well your songs are connecting, you might need to consider adjusting the energy when next you sit down to write. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:
Alternate the Flow
Don’t fall into the trap of always starting slow and then continuously building up to a high point. Your songs will become predictable at the least. Instead, variate slow starts with slightly more energetic pre-choruses and choruses. Or start strong and then slow it down, before picking up the pace again. You can finish the song on a high to ensure the listener has a ‘climax’ so to speak.
Make Subtle Changes
The change from one part of a song to another doesn’t have to be hugely noticeable for it to be effective, especially if you’re creating ballads or other slow songs. A subtle change from verse to chorus or pre-chorus will still have an effect on the listener, as it would if the change was very drastic.
Put More Passion in Your Lyrics and Melody
You can automatically inject more energy in a song by making your lyrics more emotional or hard-hitting. Lengthening the melodic range at a certain part of the song can also help to vary the song’s energy.
Use More (or Less) Instruments
The richness of a song sometimes needs a mix of instruments to be fully expressed. At other times, a continuous guitar strum or pounding drum beat is enough rhythm to express the song’s message. A good band or professional song production company should be able to help you with deciding on the number and types of instrument your song needs to have the right amount of energy.
Do you feel your songs are not connecting with your audience as you think they should? Maybe it’s time you take a look at the energy being exuded within each composition.