Often when you hear a song, a melody or set of lyrics will sometimes sound familiar to you, even though it is your first time hearing that specific song.
Currently, there is diverse music all over the world. It is becoming difficult to create a popular song with an original melody and lyrics.
Some Singer-Song writers claim that if they listen to someone’s song, (because they are also musicians) the song is stuck in their head and they cannot make their own raw original song. Ultimately they end up incorporating the stuck melody into their own evolved version. Many Singer-Song Writers try not to listen music before writing, in the hopes of not being easily influenced.
I understand that approach, but cannot agree.
Although it is really great to make a 100% original song, the ‘Creator’ might always be writing in the same melody range, and the ‘Listeners’ may get bored of the ‘Artist’s’ style quickly.
For example, in the case of a Novelist, if they always write novels using basic limited vocabulary and narrow-minded character paths, then their whole story would be flat, predictable and ultimately not hold the readers attention.
Following suit in that aspect, if you want to attract a lot of listeners, you should listen to a lot of music! Establish your own original style first, then evolve and be influenced by other styles around you that are fresh and attract you.
Lyrics are composed of words and music is composed of sound.
If you listen a lot of music, you are familiarizing yourself to what kind of melodies and beats are attracting the current bulk of listeners. Which, will assist your judgement when writing your own great original song.
Be mindful of the mirror effect:
If you limit yourself to only listening to a select few songs all the time, then you will unconsciously tend to copy those same old melodies or phrases all the time too, and the songs you write will always be noticeably similar to each other.
Note1:Please focus to hear every instrument, sound effect, and lyric when you listen to music.
Note2:Striving to make only one popular hit song is not an easy task to do. I don’t advise that. Instead, try to make as many songs as possible.
Because even if those songs are not top of the charts they may still supply you with industry connections leading to royalty income. That income could put you into a financially secure lifestyle and motivate you to make even more songs!
I’m looking forward to your future success.