One Stop Rock Star

Ezra is a rock star. And so are you!

Lyrics or Music First

Posted by onestoprockstar on July 29, 2007

I have often been asked which I write first, the lyrics or the music. The truth is it doesn’t matter. I often have a short melodic phrase in my head, write the words, and then put the rest of the music to the words. I personally find it easier to create music that shows off the rhythm of the words. The trouble with putting words to music is that I find it difficult forcing the right number of syllables to fit the melody.

On the other hand, some might find setting words to music so challenging that it actually improves their poetry in the lyrics. After all, when faced with a limited supply of syllables, one will resort to using unusual words to convey the message and inadvertently create poetic phrases. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages.

If you do use my method of starting with a melodic phrase, chances are that phrase will be the last line of the chorus. The “catch phrase,” so to speak. 

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