There's a story behind every love song~
“There's a part of you and me in every memory that tells us who we are” ~ Kenny Rogers, A Love Song
Songwriters are no different from poets. In fact, most songs came out of a good poetry, lyrically developed and produced. They write from the heart, from what they know, from what they feel. They let the magic of words flow. They play with different verses and heap it up with chords and the melody follows, allowing the lyrics or the poem to manifest by itself during the process.
Accordingly, the basic tradition of song writing started when folk musicians gather amongst the locals in a campfire and start telling stories of triumph and sadness, expressed like a lyrical passage.
Writing allows us to exercise our creativity through the power of words. For songs and poetry, we write to express ourselves, sing our souls and free our minds of those random thoughts frantically waiting to escape.
But, what inspires a songwriter to write a song?
Artists get their inspirations from various sources like in their day-to-day life and on what they see and experience. They express their feelings, create a voice for the society, express a thought or an insight or simply tell a story.
“Wildflower” – is a song written by Doug Edwards and Dave Richardson, sung by a Canadian Band called Skylark and became a hit in 1972. It also became the most performed songs in the Canadian history of popular music and is one of the most enduring songs around the globe.
It was originally written by Dave Richardson as a poem and later on developed by Doug Edwards into a song. Richardson’s inspiration in writing the poem came through a story told by her girlfriend back in the 70’s.
During Paul McCartney's concert at Candlestick Park in SF a few weeks ago, he told the story of how troubled he had been, when the Beatles were breaking up. He went to his mom who advised him to just "let it be". The name of his mother is Mary.
The genesis of the song ~ a truly touching story
Richardsons’ girlfriend was a nurse. On the night of their first date, he came to pick up his girlfriend at her apartment, he noticed the girl was crying and upset. She told the story of the two elderly ladies who died at the hospital that day she was on duty. Considering her good relationship with the two patients, she was obviously affected by their sad demise. Richardson eagerly lent his ears to her girl while she emotionally uttered her story and then she went back to her bedroom to dress up and get ready for the date. Richardson patiently waited for her while he watched TV and waited for her to come out. When it took her quite so long to come out, he knocked on the bedroom door – no answer. So, he went to open the door and find out the girl fast asleep in her bed and didn’t even manage to dress up for the date; head still wrapped with towel and still in her robe. Richardson thought, she was just tired after her emotional day. Careful not to wake her up, he put a blanket over her and went home. The story gave him the inspiration to write the poem, which he did in around fifteen minutes in his home.
For Richardson, it felt like he was only an instrument to write the poem and that God did the writing. On the part, "Be careful how you touch her, for she'll awaken", Richardson was referring to the moment he put the blanket over her. And the line, "The way she's always paying, for a debt she never owes..."—is an explanation that it wasn’t her fault that the ladies had died and yet she felt in charged about it and cried.
What a sad but beautiful inspiration to write about. And, behind that sad story sprouted a beautiful song artistically expressed by the writer.
“The Rose” is one of the most beautiful songs sung by Bette Midler and became one of her biggest hit in 1980. Originally used as the soundtrack for the movie with the same title in 1979, which tells the story of a self-destructive rock singer who struggles to cope with the pressures and demand of her career. The story was based on the life of the singer Janis Joplin.
How did the song start?
Amanda McBroom wrote the song and her inspiration came from another song “Magdalena” by Danny O’Keeffe sung by Leo Sayer. She heard of “Magdalena” on the radio although she likes the song, there are parts of the song that she didn’t quite agree, “You’re love is like a razor. My heart is just a scar”. And, along the way thought of what she thinks of love then. The ideas suddenly opened a window for her and words started to play at the back of her head. She recited the words to herself until she got home and started to jot down her thoughts. “The Rose” was penned in ten minutes.
Someone Like You
What inspired the song?
Adele took her inspiration from her heartbreak when she broke up with her man. She knew what to say in the song and it speaks of her coming to terms with the end of the relationship. Dan Wilson then contributed by simplifying the song, making it very straightforward, in which listeners could personally relate. Including collaborations, the song was completed in two days.
The song was taken from Adele’s point of view of a woman who’s unable to let go of her ex and is still in love with him even after the break up, only to find out that he’s moved on with his life and a wife. With the chorus that goes: “Never mind, I'll find someone like you, I wish nothing but the best for you too. Don't forget me, I beg. I remember you said, sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead” ~ Adele clearly laid down her feelings as a songwriter and her vulnerability as a woman. Her rendition of her own shattering and sordid story was beautifully felt from the song, which sounded very natural despite the bittersweet feeling.
Enjoy the video and cry if you feel like~
"All is fair in love and songwriting"~Nora Jones
Songwriters give their songs emotive impact to make it unforgettable in the heart of the listeners. They cannot be forced to write, it has to come from their deepest thoughts in a way that listeners are able to understand the message, relate and experience what the song is all about.
Song lyrics especially love songs are usually drawn from real life with real details of life. It has the magical ability to influence us and vice versa. It is a gift from God to be able to write a song. It comes from the writer’s feelings just like in any other forms of writing and behind every love song is a story yet to unfold.
For aspiring artists, although it is good to have a goal to write a hit song, try to put the word "hit" aside and just write. Believe that it will eventually become a hit. The reward will come later, if you would just go with the flow of your creative juices. Most of the hit songs didn't require any forces to write, they usually just came from the heart and those writers didn't even expect that their songs will become a hit. They simply did what their heart commands-write.
When the urge is there and inspiration comes your way, grab a pen and paper, go with the flow do not disregard it. Let other artists served as inspiration, but be unique in your own natural way. Keep your own style. Be brave. Write.
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