There’s so much we can learn from classic hits of the past. Which songs have made you the songwriter you are today?
Most of the world’s greatest songwriters, when interviewed, will talk more about the music that has influenced their development than about their own offerings. One of the best ways to improve your songwriting abilities is to study hits from the past.
We all have that list in our minds of songs that have defined who we are, music we can’t imagine having grown up without. At the top of that list are those songs that have made us the writers we are. As a songwriter, it’s vital to really dig into these tunes and find out why they were so influential, so crucial to our artistic development.
Which songs that have made you who you are today? Over the next few months, I will be featuring analyses of classic songs from the past, and posting those analyses here on “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” blog. I’d like to consider your own suggestions for this project.
Please submit your suggestions by commenting below. And when you do, let me know any aspect of these songs that have guided your musical development. Fantastic melody? Great chord progression? Unique song structure? By doing a deeper analysis of the song, we improve our compositional abilities.
I’ll be starting the first analysis within the next two weeks, to be posted on Wednesday, October 26, so give me your suggestions soon!
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