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Sing ’it > Tips | Wenke

Sing ’it: Dans Dans Lisa’s advice for writers


Dans Dans Lisa - 2011-09-07

 

Where do you begin writing a song/finding lyrics for a song? The chorus, the first line, the overall theme, etc?

I usually start with the music. Every time I play music it tells me a story and then I start telling that story with the words, so it’s like the music is half of the story. But there are no recipes. You have to find what works best for you. Sometimes I have a few lyrics written down, then I find music that fits. But it’s all up to you.

What does a typical song structure of yours look like – how many lines, where does the chorus fit in, etc?

I’m very straightforward at times; I don't like to hang around a verse that long, because the chorus is usually the part that hooks people to your song. If you want a hit, get to the chorus!

The chorus is how you emphasise what you are saying in the verse. The chorus is the most important part for me. It’s what you can’t say, you sing.

How do you know when a song’s lyrics are complete?

A song is never done, it’s only abandoned. You have a feeling that you need to stop now, you have to let the music tell a part of the story too. The music is just as important as the lyrics.

What do potential songwriters need to keep in mind when writing a song for the competition?

Metaphors and deep poetic lyrics are cool and all, but should be well timed. The majority of people don't relate to deep metaphors. Write a story that everyone can relate to. Something out of the heart. Say it like it is and trust the music to do the rest.

What's the one topic you've always wanted to cover in a song?

My relationship with my dad.