How to write a song as a gift

How to write a song as a gift

How to write a song as a gift How to write a song as a gift

Turning your personal lyric, or words. into art.

Everybody, has a ‘special’ song. That one song that brings a smile to the face, or a tear to the eye… and most couples have a song or set of particular lines within a song that is special or poignant to their relationship…. a lyric from their first wedding dance, or just that one line from a song, that sums up how much they love or appreciate one another.

Maybe its just a party anthem that brings back great memories of nights out with friends. We all have ‘a song’, quote or phrase that means something to us.

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The second step is all about writing your lyrics. The first draft of your lyrics is sent to you by email. You can review them, give your stamp of approval, or make any suggestions or edits before we start working on the customized music. We, at Bring My Song To Life, want to make sure we tell your story right!

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We know how difficult it can be to find the right type of gift. Here, at Bring My Song To Life, we aim to provide you with truly one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones – in the form of music.

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How to write a song as a gift

How to write a song as a gift

“If you are looking for a unique gift idea for your Valentine, I’d like to suggest Bring My Song To Life. They will create a completely customized song for you. With customized lyrics and a fully produced recording. You don’t need any experience, knowledge or talent in songwriting or music, they will do it all for you. You just tell them who the song is for, what you want it to be about and the occasion you’re gifting it for. This is not only a gift idea for Valentine’s Day, it’s great for any occasion. birthday, anniversary, job promotion, graduation. any occasion!”

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Digital music and e-books are easy to give as a present – and make great last-minute gifts! Here’s what you need to know.

How to write a song as a gift

How to write a song as a gift

Music and books are great gifts to give at any time of the year. However, according to the BPI, streaming now accounts for over 80% of all UK music consumption, with the remaining fifth split between CD, vinyl and other physical formats. Moreover, while paperback sales still dwarf those of ebooks, sales of ‘digital’ literature once again rose in 2020, while printed book sales suffered a 17% decline. There’s a good chance that, like it or not, e-books will eventually become the go-to format for fact and fiction alike.

So, with many of us opting for digital downloads, what should you do when it comes to giving these items as gifts?

The most obvious answer is a gift card for a digital music or ebook store – but, if you prefer to put a little more thought into the presents you buy, you may be able to give a digital download instead. It largely depends on where the recipient shops, and which device they’re using. Here’s what you need to know before you buy.

How to write a song as a gift

Where can I buy digital music and e-books?

Apple’s iTunes Store lets you gift an album, book or app, which is ideal for anyone that has an iPhone, iPad, iPod or Mac, or uses iTunes.

Google discontinued its equivalent Play Music service at the end of 2020 and replaced it with YouTube Music to which you can buy subscriptions – called YouTube Premium – at £11.99 a month. Subscriptions can also be paid using a Google Play gift card, as sold in supermarkets and through Amazon (if you buy through Amazon the ‘card’ will be sent as a code in an email, which you can print and hand to the recipient).

As a Google Play card works across all Play-branded services, as well as YouTube, the recipient can just as easily use it to buy or rent streamed movies and TV, or buy apps and books. However, you can give digital books directly, as we’ll show you below.

Amazon lets you gift Kindle ebooks directly from each book’s listing in the Kinde bookstore.

How to write a song as a gift

How do I give iTunes as a gift?

On an iPhone, iPad or iPod, open the iTunes Store and select the item you want to gift. Press the Share button at the top of the screen (it looks like a rectangle with an up arrow on it), then select Gift from the options displayed. You’ll be asked to enter the recipient’s email address and, under the section marked Send Gift, you can either pick today or any day in the next 30 days for the email to be sent. It will be charged to the credit or debit card on your iTunes account. You can gift albums or individual songs.

How to write a song as a gift

Can you gift on Google Play?

To give a book as a digital gift, visit the Google Play book store in a web browser, or open the Google Play app on your phone and tap Books on the bottom bar. Search for the title you’d like to gift, open it and, in the browser, click Buy as Gift. If you’re using the Play app, tap the three stacked dots at the top of the book’s listings page, followed by Gift. Provide the recipient’s email address, your name, and a message of up to 200 characters.

Can you give a Kindle book as a gift?

Go to Amazon and click the ‘All’ drop down menu below the Amazon logo. Now click Kindle E-readers & Books, followed by Kindle Books. Choose the title you want to gift, then find the box on the right hand side of the page, headed ‘Buy for others’. Select the number of copies you want to send, then click Continue. Gifts are sent as a link in an email and added to the recipient’s library so they can read them on any Kindle device or inside the Kindle app.

Hit list . Guy Chambers, songwriter behind Robbie Williams’s best-loved anthems. Photograph: Eamonn Mccabe for the Guardian

Hit list . Guy Chambers, songwriter behind Robbie Williams’s best-loved anthems. Photograph: Eamonn Mccabe for the Guardian

How do you write a hit song? Through the decades, many books have been written on the subject – usually by people who aren’t songwriters themselves – using analyses of previous hits to come up with solutions. Music industry publication Billboard recently revealed the stats of all the songs that had featured in the magazine’s Hot 100 charts.

Since the 50s, songs have become longer, from an average of 2.36 minutes to 4.26 minutes this decade. If you want a hit, it may be best to stay away from writing ballads – ever since the 40s, the average tempo of chart entrants has hovered between 117bpm and 122bpm (ballads usually play at around 90bpm). You should also stick to major keys, with C major being the most popular. Of the top 10 most successful songs of all time, only Kanye West’s Gold Digger is in a minor key.

Billboard shows it has become increasingly important to get a cut with artists who are already successful. The number of hits in this category has steadily risen, and is now 25% higher than in the 50s. The most successful artist of all time, chart-wise, is Mariah Carey – followed by Madonna, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and someone called Patti Page (glad to see Hall & Oates coming in eighth).

Author Jay Frank says the way people consume music in the digital age has changed what makes a hit. In his book Future Hit.DNA he argues that people are discovering music online and not always via radio, so song intros need to be shorter. He recently used Adele’s Someone Like You as an example of how the theories in his book are correct. “The intro is five seconds long, it’s at walking tempo (105bpm), contains repetition of many lyrics with a choral counter-chorus, has a very sly shift in the chord progression at the bridge, and contains many dynamic shifts throughout the song,” he concludes.

This doesn’t exactly tally with stats provided by Billboard, although Adele’s hit is in a major key. So who’s right? Maybe it makes more sense to look to songwriters who have had plenty of hits. BBC2’s brilliant current series Secrets of the Pop Song is trying to shed light on the issue. In it, successful songwriters talk about the craft, and we see hit-maker Guy Chambers in action as he co-writes with a selection of artists.

If anyone was hoping to stumble on a secret formula, that hope was quickly shattered. As Motown legend Lamont Dozier once said: “I’ve written about 78 top 10 songs, and I still don’t know what a hit is. I can only go by what I feel.” His point was brought home as Chambers got together with Mark Ronson (most famous for his collaboration with Amy Winehouse) and budding artist Thalia to write her a breakthrough hit. After trying out a few ideas they settled on an African highlife sound. Ronson noted that very few hits had that particular sound, bar Vampire Weekend, which probably should have been a reason to abandon the idea. A view echoed by the radio pluggers who thought it could possibly be a fourth single, adding: “It’s not bad, but it’s not great.”

As a fellow songwriter once told me: “The world doesn’t need any more good songs. What we need are great songs.” Or, to take the idea a bit further, the enemy of great is good.

One of the advantages of being a songwriter instead of a performer is that, while artists have a hard time recovering their reputation when a record bombs, the only time the public pays attention to who wrote a song is when it’s a hit. Most people don’t realise that, even for successful writers, the good-v-great ratio is low: Chambers has written more than 1,000 songs in the last 15 years, of which 21 ranked in the top 10 – that’s one hit for every 47 songs. That may sound like a frustrating process, but most writers would agree it’s necessary to write non-hits to get to the nuggets. As with athletes, it’s important to exercise the writing muscle.

It can also be detrimental to throw away the seed of a song too early. “As you get older, your filters are much more refined,” Sting has said. “The critical mind takes over from the creative mind, and I think they are opposed.” He admits that, nowadays, it can take him months – even years – to write one song, as he feels every idea he has is too much like something else he or somebody else has written.

When I first heard of the BBC’s intention to film the process of songwriting, I wondered if it could work. The creative process is intensely personal, and you need to feel relaxed and comfortable enough to talk about intimate experiences, and to throw some ridiculous ideas into the mix. The prospect of being judged by a TV audience would surely make writers curb their ideas.

But while I found the Ronson session quite painful to watch, the Rufus Wainwright session – in which the goal was to write a ballad – was inspiring. He started out playing some ideas he’d recorded on his Blackberry, including a rap called Everybody Wants a Piece of the Action, and so proved my fear about filtering unfounded. Even though he’d just met Chambers, he revealed personal things, which later were incorporated into a beautiful ballad called World War Three (shame that ballads rate so low on Billboard’s hit barometer). He used an old songwriter saying as the first line of the chorus – “don’t bore us, get to the chorus” – as a metaphor for life.

In the third and final episode, to be broadcast this Saturday, Chambers and the Noisettes attempt to write an anthem. It features some of the songwriters behind past anthems, analysing why they think their songs became so popular. What is apparent is that none of them knew they were writing an anthem at the time. I Will Survive, for example, was originally a B-side track before a Studio 54 DJ picked up on it. Yet it ended up generating over $100m. Many songs have been written with the same ingredients – a hook that makes people feel good, a repetitive chorus, basic chords – and yet they’ve failed to set the world alight.

There’s one thing successful songwriters have in common: they all love the music they write. They’re not cynical about their craft. But while there are tricks of the trade to deliver songs in a more palatable way, other key ingredients are more elusive. Don Black believes lyrics should say something new about the human condition; Björn and Benny of Abba said you should have at least five hooks in a track. But how do you come up with a great hook? If Black or the guys from Abba knew that, they might still be churning out hits.

Even if Secrets of the Pop Song had been able to capture the moment Björn and Benny came up with The Winner Takes It All, we’d be none the wiser as to how to write a hit song – and neither would they.

Dear Lifehacker,
With the holiday coming up, I’m trying to prepare myself for the gifts I’ll be receiving. I don’t really know when and how to respond to gifts that are too expensive, too lousy, or just plain poorly thought out. Are there any simple etiquette rules to properly responding to gifts?

Unsure How to Say Thank You

It’s true that while the holidays can be a delightful experience for the giving and receiving of gifts, they can also put you in a bit of a predicament if you receive a gift from someone you don’t expect, if a gift is way better than what you gave, or if the gift is just totally wrong for you. We’ll take a look at the best ways to handle these situations and when it’s necessary to send a thank you card.

How to Respond to Gifts Right Away

Most people probably don’t have a lot of trouble responding to gifts because all it really takes is a smile and a “thank you.” Still, there are those among us who struggle a bit to either fake it when we get a bad gift, or to offer up an adequate amount of appreciation to a really good gift. Here’s some help if you need it.

The ones you don’t like: Like it or not, we all receive a gift once and a while that we don’t like, doesn’t fit our personality, or that we already own. Psychology Today has a simple solution : respond to the “spirit of the gift” instead of the gift itself. As an example, author Gretchen Rubin talks about receiving a giant gardenia and thinking about her own limitations of where it could go instead of simply responding to the reasoning (that she liked gardenias) the gift was given to begin with. Of course, if the spirit was misaligned, say, a gym membership if you’re slightly overweight, you best bet might be to just smile and nod.

The ones you do like: Showing proper gratitude for a gift is often just as difficult as hiding the fact you don’t like something. In this case, it’s best to just fall in line with the old rules of etiquette. Look the giver in the eye and say “thank you.” If you like, you can throw in another “thank you” later on, but if you’re in one of those round-table gift exchanges families like to do, you don’t want to stress the importance of one gift over another. If it’s a good gift that comes after years of poorly thought out gifts, you can always follow up with them later with a card or in-person to stress the greatness of the gift.

What to Do if You Receive a Gift Significantly More Expensive Than the One You Gave

There are two possible scenarios where you might get into a little hot water with gift receiving. You either didn’t buy someone a gift at all, or you purchased a gift that is significantly cheaper than what they give you.

If you’re given a gift but didn’t purchase one: Unless you’re dealing with someone close who you really should have purchased a gift for, you don’t need to worry. In an interview with CNN , etiquette teacher Peter Post sums it up nicely, “There’s nothing about having received a gift that says you have to give a gift in return.” In other words, be thankful, but don’t sweat not purchasing anything yourself.

If your gift sucks in comparison to what you receive: As it turns out, studies have shown you’ll appreciate a gift regardless of its price , so in theory, you shouldn’t be worried if you’ve given someone a coffee cup when they bought you a new stereo system. A big gift is given because the giver wants to give it, so you should be in the clear if you can’t reciprocate on the cost. Besides, there’s nothing you can really do if the exchange has already happened, but make sure you quickly send out a “thank you” card.

The Proper Etiquette of Thank You Cards

Thank you cards are a difficult thing to keep track of, but according to etiquette expert Cindy Post Senning, they’re still necessary . While her advice revolves around children, the trait of sending thank you cards is supposed to carry through to adulthood. Thankfully, she notes that email is a perfectly acceptable means to communicate your thanks, so you don’t need to pull out the pen and paper unless you want to.

If you’re struggling with what to say in the card, WikiHow notes that if you received a gift card, it’s a good idea to say what you spent it on in the thank you card. This way it tells them you enjoyed it and gives them an idea of what you spend your money on for future reference. You can apply the same logic to any gift you received. For instance, you might describe how your new bright purple sweater from your Aunt was “a hit at work.”

Jezebel has a bunch of tips on when and how to give thank you cards , noting that you should keep it relevant and don’t get sidetracked with other conversations. You should always send thank you cards if you received a gift in the mail, but if you received something in person, it’s only really important to send out a note if it was a substantial gift. There’s no hard deadline for sending these out, but the sooner you do it, the less likely you are to forget.

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Are you trying to move to the next level with your songs? Songwriting Worksheets can help.

Sure – you could just write, but worksheets will help: (1) guide the process, (2) give you a better grasp of more advanced techniques by implementing them, and (3) spur your creativity.

Songwriting worksheets are the single best way to quickly gain new song craft skills!

To help you select the right worksheets at the right time – for the right task, I’ve broken up our free worksheets into beginner, intermediate and advanced.

BEGINNER songwriting worksheets will help you with the basics like rhyme and song structure.

INTERMEDIATE songwriting worksheets will focus on more advanced techniques like repetition, imagery, rule breaking for effect, and basic song analysis to find new techniques.

ADVANCED songwriting worksheets will focus on commercial appeal assessment, mining other songs for techniques, and prosody.

This is a handy sheet for finding chords right off the bat when you start writing. It also gives a quick conversion chart in case you need to change keys, and quick tips on using a capo to change keys if you’re already playing chords that are comfortable for you. I like my flatted 7th chords, so those are included as well!

This is a worksheet to help you quickly get a song idea down into an outline format. It can help you get past second verse hell or simply help you organize your story. It’s also great as a tool for outlining other people’s songs to give you a sense of how they work.

Sherman Dorn
An historian in Nashville, writes:
I claim the Woodie Guthrie method — get the chorus down first, then worry about the verses, because the chorus is the lynchpin. I suppose that doesn’t answer the question, so let me go through it a step at a time. First, write chorus lyrics while half-humming them. Then try to sing them. Bang head into wall. Try to hum a similar tune. Refit words. Try to sing them. Bang head into wall. Rewrite lyrics. Redo music. Try to sing them. Yell, “Eureka, a chorus!” (at which point twelve men in strange clothing will come dancing from stage left chanting about doom, the gods, and Euripides, but you ignore them). Go to hardware store to get some drywall and putty.

Hum something you think would be good for the verses. Write 10-12 verses. Realize that only people who like to listen to 47 verses will speak to you after this, and whittle it down to 3. Try to sing them. Bang head into wall. Write 12 more verses. Try to sing them. Bang head into wall and redo music. Realize none of the verses you wrote now scan. Bang head into wall. Rewrite verses and add a few more. Try to sing them. Whittle them down to 3-5 verses. Try out chords. Bang head into wall. Spend 3 hours getting chord progression correct. Try to notate. Realize that you’ve just written something with two different time signatures, one of them 7/8 that only the Dave Brubeck Quartet could do competently. Bang head into wall. Get stock in Home Depot and on the way home think, “I wonder if I could write a song about that . “

Dear Sherman – Thanks for your excellent advice on writing lyrics. For years now I have been kicking the cat when things aren’t going that great. As you can well imagine, the cat is starting to get just a little wary. Effective immediately, I plan to start banging my head against the wall, per your suggestion. I am sure that there will be a noticeable improvement in the quality of my work, not to mention the shape of my head. 🙂 -David E. Schindler John Lindblad
An urbano-rural songcrafter wannabe from a large Ont. Metro Ctr., writes:
Hoboy. What a tangle at the bend in th’ river. Since I fancy myself a decent guitar soloist and rhythm player, those chord progressions keep on rolling out; sometimes, though, you come up with something that defies words. In that case, I try to keep the lyrical image simple–the music’s bound to be stron- ger. If the lyrics come first, things can get really complex later, when you try to match the nuts to the bolts, if you know what I mean.