Updated: Mar 28, 2020
You should be entering this phase of the Song House build with a title or at least a central idea for the song expressed in a sentence.
Here is how to develop it and see if it’s worth taking it further.
o Ideas / Phrases
o Cliches — Un-cliche with adjectives
That’s not good enough on its own, you want the listener to feel something, to come away from the song feeling different. Don’t settle for a basic idea, try to really push the concept and explore what the idea could mean or if the title has another meaning that gives a new perspective on the topic.
THINK LIKE THE LISTENER / SO-WHAT!?
o What can be developed? Multiple perspectives / a twist / a second concept
o Who cares!
o How does this MOVE the listener?
o How does it CHANGE how they feel?
o Who is singing it? Boys can be vulnerable, Girls can be empowered
o Strong Authentic Emotion
I came into this section of the approach with the title: ‘Big Sky Dreaming’, and I had been looking at the idea of working against the typical message of life - ‘you need to settle down’. Well what if i don’t want to, or what if I tried that and now I need something new?!
Write down what happens in each section of your song: e.g.
V1 - Started with the same choices like everyone, but life moves too fast
V2 - I just did what I was expected to like everyone else - why did I do that?
Ch - I don’t want to grow up and settle down. I still have my dreams
→ Title: Big Sky Dreaming
V3 - Is this my dream or someone else's?
Br - Later in life. I don’t regret anything, but I haven’t given up on my dream.
I always try to have hope in my songs, so what might initially seem like a negative idea that you’ve lived your life doing what everyone else wanted or suggested, actually it's not too late to follow your dream and still achieve it.
This was why I had a bridge where I wanted to make it clear that I have no regret, I didn’t do the wrong things, and actually I haven’t given up on the dream and I don’t have to.