Songwriting – An Honest Opinion of Music vs. Lyrics

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

I love songwriting. Sometimes when I write, though, I have problems coming up with lyrics. This may be due to the fact that for me music catches my ear more than the lyrics. I happen to be a fan of rock music and it influences my writing a lot. Great rock songs (like “Hotel California,” for instance) are appealing to me because of things like the memorable riffs and chord progressions coupled with tasty solos. I (and this is just me personally) don’t listen that much to the lyrics even though I mysteriously hear myself repeating and singing the lyrics out loud sometimes.

The best songs I’ve written (speaking of lyrics) have been the songs that have just come to me. You know? We’ve all had those songs that just pop into your head and you just can’t go to sleep till you write them down… or at least what you have of them in your head. Such was the case with a song I wrote called “Lucky Has Her Way.” I wrote from the perspective of a gambler or at least someone who has a gambling problem and this “demon” of gambling was personified as a woman aptly named Lucky The hook of the song was “Lucky has her way twith the rookie fools.” I thought it was catchy. Couldn’t get the song out of my head for a while. I like writing songs but the music is more important than the lyrics to me. I don’t know why maybe it’s because I’m primarily an instrumentalist.

How about you? What’s more important to you as a songwriter? How about to you artists out there? I wanna hear from you guys! You can shoot me an e-mail at