February 4, 2011
Everyone Has A Song In Their Heart
"Learn To Discover Yours"
By: David Randle
Songwriting isn’t a science. It’s a multi-varied art form. Even when songs are written by different band members in
the same group, the results can turn out quite differently. If you are an awake listener, you should have no
difficulty telling the difference between a John Lennon song and a Paul McCartney song even if they were on the
same Beatles record. The same thing holds when listening to a Don Henley song compared to a Glenn Frey song even
though they were side by side on an Eagles CD. This story is the same in band after band where there are multiple
songwriters in the band. So even in the same musical genre, which we have to realize is the case when songwriters
are in the same band, there is something unique about the musical output from one writer compared to another. And
that’s in the same niche, style, genre, or whatever you want to call it.
What about comparisons of songs across wildly divergent styles; Heavy Metal compared to Jazz, Folk compared to Hip
Hop, Pop compared to Hard Rock, Country compared to R & B. There is so much difference between all these types
of music, and yet we have to notice something profound. Ozzy Osbourne and Mozart used the same scales. Even more
significant is that as different as all these styles of music are from each other, after closer observation, they
are more alike than they are different. Don’t you think it could be a remarkably beneficial exercise to study the
parts of music and learn what makes a song a song, regardless of style.
There are thousands of rules, but they’re not all applied to every song at the same time. Using different
structures and forms, different cadences, different harmonic progressions, rhyme schemes or no rhymes, melodies
that are super melodic or melodies that are monotone or talk-sung, super chatty or minimalist lyrics, all
contribute to make each song different and the niche, style or genre it is in be more unique.
The purpose of this blog is to help you explore your own songwriting if you are already a writer, or to motivate
you to begin writing if you’ve always wanted to. It will be filled with tips, strategies to try in your writing,
analysis of some existing songs, and a mixed bag of other beneficial info. Check back from time to time to see
what’s new, and we’ll see you on the radio, iTunes, CD Baby, or wherever you market your
David Randle is a lifelong guitarist and songwriter, with a highly developed knack for producing and arranging. He
spends a great deal of time mentoring and coaching aspiring music artists and songwriters to rise to the pinnacle
of their abilities. Music definitely is a language we all can understand.
Known as both My Songwriting Coach and the Guitar Lesson Expert, you can find articles throughout the web on The
Songwriting Blog and Music Lesson Expert.