How To Write Meaningful Emotional Songs
If you have some bottled up emotions, thoughts, and feelings you want to let out but couldn’t do so in a conventional way, maybe you can try a hand at songwriting. In a way, it also works like the process of poetry writing—you are first inspired about something and then you write about it. And when you write, it’s not just your creative brain that’s at work, but also your heart, your soul, your individuality. That’s where meaningful songs come from. There are no standard set of rules in writing emotional songs, but be guided by these tips when writing your own.
Start with an inspiration or idea. Think of something close to your heart or important to you—a happy, sad, or unforgettable memory, experience, or event in your life. You can use specific topics like an on and off relationship, a forbidden love affair, a breakup, depression, death of a loved one, etc. All these can serve as inspiration and the beginning of some meaningful, emotional songs.
Write the lyrics. Write the words to emotional songs as soon as you’re feeling relaxed and inspired. This is the time to express yourself—your ideas, thoughts, and emotions through words.
Think of a song title. Choose a title that will give people an idea of what your song is all about. It also helps if you can think of a short, catchy, unusual, title that’s easy to remember. Song titles are usually a few words from the lyrics or chorus.
Create the tune. Think of music that fits into the overall mood of your song. The chorus is usually more distinct and louder than the verse instrumentals, and the part that most people remember easily because it is repeated. If your song is edgy and angsty, you can emphasize that mood by having more aggressive-sounding instrumentals like intense drum beats and loud, wailing guitars. A song with a sad, melancholy mood is usually played in minor keys, while a more upbeat, positive song is played using major keys.
As long as you invest as much honest feelings, passion, or energy into your emotional songs, you’ll find people who will appreciate them as much as you do.