As you probably know, some of the best songs to have hit the airwaves are stories depicting personal experiences of the writer. Just ask Taylor Swift and her string of dating and ‘breakup’ hits.
Not everyone is like Ms. Swift, however. Some people are quite private and would be nothing less than mortified if even the minutest details about their private lives were to reach the ears of John and Jane Public. Yet, the best songs you produce might just come from those standout events of your life.
But, what can you do if you’re not comfortable writing and performing deeply-personal songs? Well, you certainly shouldn’t stop. Follow these tips to help remove any perceived shame in your game:
- Write in a hypothetical way using words and phrases such as ‘suppose’ and ‘what if.’
- Limit or avoid the use of identifying pronouns (I, mine, me, my) when describing a scenario.
- Try to view the song objectively; as a story/message that needs to be told.
- Broaden your songwriting skills by reading relevant books and taking courses.
Feeling conflicted about writing or performing lyrics that reflect your personal experiences is something that some songwriters struggle with. But as history as shown, this can be to your advantage if you know how to package your lyrics and invest in professional music production services to fine tune your songs.
Have a tip of your own? We would love to hear from you.