Are you a songwriter? If so, what comes first to you - music or lyrics?

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  1. Kenny J Butler profile image73
    Kenny J Butlerposted 6 years ago

    Are you a songwriter? If so, what comes first to you - music or lyrics?

    Some songwriters have the lyrics finalized then work on music, some have music and struggle with words, while others have a little of both as they work on the two at the same time. Where do you fit in?

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  2. thelyricwriter profile image92
    thelyricwriterposted 6 years ago

    In all honesty, they are both equals. Musicians will say music and lyricist will say lyrics. I write lyrics and I would say the words matter the most:) It is the perfect mix of both of them that make a great song. I find it easier to write lyrics when I have music to it. I can then figure out the beat and rhythm. I can write without music as well. I keep a beat in my head and have an idea of what the rhythm would sound like. It may be just me, but if I had to choose, it would be the lyrics. The words are what people relate to. People decide if the song will be popular or not. You have to have a song that people like and relate to.

    1. Kenny J Butler profile image73
      Kenny J Butlerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your answer! Personally, most of my songs have been written with the music and lyrics coming together as the work progressed but I am always curious as to how others proceed with it.

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    BethDWposted 6 years ago

    When I first started writing music I was new to the process but I had been writing poetry for some time, so I would write music to fit with my lyrics. Now it's the other way around, usually the music comes to me first and the lyrics follow. I find that the way I write now makes for better songs.

 
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