What Is Common Between a Human Life and a Song?
It is not easy to understand human life. There seems to be no fixed formula for success. There is no path which can lead a person to the destination. We all seem to have a fairly good idea about what we want in life yet we do not know how to reach there and get what we want. For example, we all want wealth, power, love, happiness or recognition. Maslow too clearly described the hierarchy of needs which states that we all try to fulfill the needs in a hierarchical manner viz. physical needs, safety needs, love and belonging needs, esteem and finally self-actualization needs. Some of us are able to fulfill some of the needs yet billions of people are not able to fulfill even the basic needs of food, water, clothing and house. Those, who are able to fulfill the basic needs seems to be too far away from the fulfillment of the needs of love, esteem or happiness.
Therefore, most people find their life to be lacking and unfulfilling. They find a void in their life despite having everything that should have fulfilled their lives Abiola. They follow the footstep of great people, read all scriptures by heart, believe in the almighty, study and remember the latest scientific studies to find some way which can lead them to success and happiness. Yet the more they try, the more they find themselves away from their aim.
The music creation process has often been seen as daunting by the novice musician yet ask any professional musician and they’ll tell you that feeling barely goes away with time! This is because every project is different and requires a whole new mind-set each and every time. Sure you will begin to work faster and improve your workflow but every record is a new learning experience. Below is a typical song making process used by modern day professionals. Opinions and methods differ so don’t think this guide is cast in stone but it is rather there to point you in the right direction. One of the best things you can do when making music is to experiment…be it in the composing, song writing, mixing, or mastering stages. Creativity is a must.
Now you might be wondering why so much music sounds alike today and above it states experiment. This is because you want to take your musical risks wisely. Over the centuries music listeners have subconsciously become accustomed to music that follows a general pattern. Note it says “general” because there are many hit songs that have broken the “rules”. Typically you will hear a song with an intro, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus, outro. Also notice how during the chorus you will likely hear the “hook” which is the part of the song you’re likely to hum or catch onto first. Most songs are made or broken by their hooks so when it comes to building one make sure it stands out!
Before you start off, you want to have general idea of what you are about to make. Ask yourself; is it a dance, sad, smooth song? Will it centre on dark musical themes associated with genres such as hip-hop or will it gravitate towards the lighter pop sound? Start with a song name in mind and a general storyline (not lyrics) of the song. This will later on help make the song more exciting as you can use a subtle instrument for touching parts and then a full on wall of sound banging on the speakers for an intense part. However, it is not rare to start a song with one idea and then end up with a totally different one! Just as long as the end result is something that you know you love.
Typically you want to start off the composition with your songs “main attraction”…this can be a killer drum pattern, piano or instrumental melody. This will allow you to build your song around what makes it great and not have to begin figuring out what makes it great when you finish the beat. Usually starting off with a mediocre sound will give you a mediocre track! Starting with the chorus can yield some amazing results though it can be long and tedious trying to find that right melody!…but once it’s done right, the rest of the song feels like it’s just falling nicely into place. The instruments you choose for this stage are very important…you have to decide whether you want powerful kicks that won’t require too much support from a bass guitar/sound or maybe if the vocals shall later on take 90% of the attention of your chorus/hook and the instrumentation becomes very simplistic for that part. Try some combinations that work best for the song the song.
After the “main attraction” you can now build the rest of your song…some songs these days don’t differ too much between sections meaning that building the rest of the song will be easy whilst some songs have a lot of different sections to keep you interested. Typical commercial dance music has a lot of variety in it. This is mainly because you have a lot of “space” to work with. If the average length of songs is between 3.30 to 4.30 minutes and a dance song is at 120bpm, this means that they can get in 30bars of music for every minute of music as compared to a slow n steady hip-hop song at 60bpm that will only get 15 bars to work with in that same minute. Of course you can spice things up in the 60bpm one but the 120bpm song will give you better options to work with.
After completing the beat, you then send it to an artist usually who can song-write and sing as well. This process of writing lyrics and figuring out the write vocal melody for the song can be so much fun as you’ll discover a whole new dimension to your song. For the song-writing, just remember that something catchy and yet original will make for the best song. Repetition used wisely can really make a song stick into the listeners mind…but use it too much like that song “Lose Control” by LL Cool J for the lines “zzzzzz” and you’ll have your listeners shunning the lack of creativity