New Year's Resolutions For Songwriters

Music has again played a very important role in everyone’s lives this year. Some of the songs that made 2014 were John 'Legend’s ‘All of Me,’ Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About that Bass,’ Ed Sheeran’s ‘Don’t,’ Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ and many others.

Music has again played a very important role in everyone’s lives this year. Some of the songs that made 2014 were John 'Legend’s ‘All of Me,’ Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About that Bass,’ Ed Sheeran’s ‘Don’t,’ Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ and many others.

So what’s in for songwriters next year? We can only hope for better songs, right?

  • Song lyrics should be deep, well thought out and sensitive, especially to children. Remember that songwriting is akin to poetry writing, only the latter lacks music. Take for instance Nikki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’:

My Anaconda don’t…

My Anaconda don’t…

My Anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns, hun

Oh my gosh look at her butt (repeated 3x)

So much for repetitive, suggestive and shallow words. Add the excess use of usual words or phrases that make songs so predictable and you’d think that the songwriter didn’t take much time to write creatively. We understand that music is a personal expression, an art, but some tend to overdo it. This causes it to lose its meaning, most especially when it comes to cheesy pop love songs. Songs aren’t just about the melody, song lovers are also after the content.

  • Music should be more original. Song revivals and remakes seem to be in, but we hope that this isn’t an excuse to make new music. Listeners always want to hear something new. Will 2015 be the year of incorporating uncommon musical instruments?

Song lovers are also smart and hope for more meaningful songs to make the charts. What do you think the New Year will offer to our ears? What’s your expectation regarding the lyrical level of 2015?

May you discover all your hidden potentials this New Year and turn them into delightful ventures. Happy New Year 2015!

The SongCat Team
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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.

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