Instead of Thinking, Write With Feeling

One of the hallmarks of a great song is its ability to get listeners to feel something. They are often able to evoke one or several emotions, whether joy, sadness, anger, love, or even the element of surprise. Be it the beat, dramatic hook, interesting storyline, or the relatability of the lyrics...

One of the hallmarks of a great song is its ability to get listeners to feel something. They are often able to evoke one or several emotions, whether joy, sadness, anger, love, or even the element of surprise.

Be it the beat, dramatic hook, interesting storyline, or the relatability of the lyrics (sometimes all of the above), an emotional connection is needed to at least be enticing to a listener.

If you’ve been thinking of making your songs more personal and listener-friendly, maybe you could look at writing with more feeling, rather than thinking about what and how you want to write. You’re probably wondering what that means, right?

Writing Down Raw Ideas

Every songwriter has a motive for writing and times when they are more creative than other periods. It could be after an encounter with someone or something that is considered a muse, or a time of day when the creative juices flow, or anything else. Whatever the case, you should try writing down your thoughts, without editing, regardless of rhyme or reason. The less edited your thoughts are, the more feeling they are likely to emanate. Of course, this will be affected by the topic you choose, whether it is about a relationship, current affairs, or partying.

Many songwriters, like other writers, can sometimes get caught up with trying to make a thought sound ‘perfect,’ by constantly thinking about how it sounds and rewriting it over and over. While some rewriting is recommended when polishing your lyrics, you should avoid doing so when you’re constructing the song for the first time. Besides, writing down raw thoughts not only conveys your feelings more strongly, it may also allow your songs to flow better and be easier to edit – when it’s time to polish up the lyrics of course. In addition, when you just ‘let it all out’ on paper, you’re less likely to start overthinking or doubting.

Keep it Simple

Writing with feeling may mean that your lyrics, harmony, chord progression etc., are simple in nature. That’s quite fine. Some of the best songs made are those that keep it simple while connecting with the listener. Besides, after you’ve got the main parts of the song down, it can always be embellished with the vocals and the addition of instruments later. If you stripped away the instruments and vocal treatment from many songs, you will find that a lot of them are pretty basic in their construction.

Don’t Forget to Record

Ever had a moment of inspiration where a song starts forming in your head but you fail to write it down, or tell yourself you will do it later? If you have, you would probably have missed out on what could have possibly been a good song. Whenever the urge comes on to create, be sure to record as much as possible, whether by writing down your thoughts or recording them on an electronic device. Every smartphone (and even some of the non-smart ones) and many computers come with the ability to voice-record. Don’t worry about the quality of the sound; as long as it’s audible, you can always fix it up later on when you’re ready to turn it into a professional recording or mix.

Being able to write with feeling is a step in the right direction if you want to really connect with listeners. It might also prove helpful when dealing with those days when the creative ebb is low or lacking.

The SongCat Team

Tunedly makes finding online session musicians for hire easy. Join today.

About the Author
The SongCat Team

We believe in supporting artists of all levels of their musical journey, from the 40-year music business veteran, to the burgeoning songwriter who are looking to polish their craft. We also believe that creating professional, high quality, and expertly mixed recordings shouldn’t be limited to high budget record deals.

Tunedly makes finding online session musicians for hire easy join today.

Popular Posts
Join our Newsletter

You can opt out any time.
You should receive an
automatic welcome email –
if not already subscribed.

Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form

Follow Us
Want to Guest Blog?

We're always open to guest writers on SongCat Blog, as long as the writing is high quality and a good fit with our style. All content must be original and between 1000 and 2000 words long. We don't guarantee to publish your submission, but we will review it and make a decision if it meets our requirements. We don’t pay for guest blogs. However, every guest author can submit a short bio with the article (about two sentences) they can link to their company, Twitter, blog, etc. By submitting a post to us, you are affirming that you are the author, and that the content has not appeared elsewhere in print or online.