The Creation of Music

Rowen McCallum

Have you ever wondered how your favorite song was written, what it’s really about, or what the inspiration behind it was? As a person who’s constantly around music, I’ve started wondering these things more and more.

I was listening to a song a while ago and I started really listening to what it was saying and how it was built. After doing so, I learned what it was talking about and how important the structure of the song was to the theme.

Now think about a song. It can be your favorite or just one that you listened to recently. If you go through and think about the lyrics and pay attention to what’s being said you can find the story of the song.

My song pick in this case is Summer of ‘69 by Bryan Adams. It’s a pretty good song, has a nice beat, pretty well known, even though it’s a bit older it’s still a pretty well-known song.

When you listen to it, you can hear him telling the story of that summer. He talks about getting his guitar, making a band, people leaving, meeting a girl, and the story with her.

The chorus always goes back to the main theme with the line, ‘back in the summer of ‘69’. The lyrics need to connect with the music and structure which is what makes the song catchy and makes you want to listen.

To understand that, you should understand how a song is created.

There’s a lot of things that go into writing a good song. You have to think about what’s popular, the structure of the song, the topic, the key, the melody, how you want it to feel, etc.

For example, when you start writing a song on say, a guitar and work on the music, you pick if you want it in a major or minor key. A major key is generally associated with happy and upbeat songs while minor keys are normally associated with sad songs.

Once you have the melody, you get it in the key you picked and add in the music. Keep in mind that all artists are different and have different ways of doing things.

Now you have an idea of how songs are written but there’s still a lot that goes into it. Such as advertisement, if you’re a smaller artist, publicity, the audience you want to direct it to, etc.

But that’s a whole different thing to think about. Now you have a better understanding of where the music you like comes from and how it’s made.