Romantic songs and love songs can be easy to write.
Regardless of what style of music you like – love is always at the centre of notes and lyrics. It doesn’t necessarily have to be romantic love. In fact, sometimes it can even be about how much you hate the person you loved (thankyou Eminem). Whether it is Bach writing for the love of God or Ed Sheeran writing for the love of Taylor Swift (same thing), love is the driving emotion. So how do you write your own romantic songs?
First of all don’t be put off by the fact that you are not a songwriter or a singer for that matter. It can just be a poem or you can send your lyrics to someone else (including Romance Outsourced) to put to music and sing to. The point is just because you have never done it before, it doesn’t mean you can’t start now.
Write Somewhere Where you are Comfortable
Go somewhere you feel comfortable – a café or a bar, which is my favourite choice. Don’t start thinking about what words rhyme as you will end up with a children’s song. Start noting down things you love about the person. What do they do that make you happy? Which happy memories do you have together? What weird quirks do they have that only you know?
Now pick one topic per verse for three verses and a chorus to start formatting your song. Again don’t worry about rhyming at this stage. This a simplistic view of how it might look:
Verse 1 – The Early cheers (when you wouldn’t go on a date with me)
Chorus – The main sentiment of your song (i.e I love you more than whiskey)
Verse 2 – The dating years (when we moved in together and you I learned how odd you were)
Chorus – Repeat Chorus 1
Verse 3 – The Future – Summarise why you are writing a love song for this person.
Chorus – Repeat and finish on chorus
Start the Rhyme Scheme
Once you have got the main sentiments down, you can now turn to the rhyme scheme safe in the knowledge that you aren’t going to lose the heart of the song. The best way to do this is to say it aloud in your head. Use free online tools like Thesaurus.com to help if you get stuck. Take your time with it. It’s better to write one extraordinary song than 100 terrible songs.
If you want to leave it as a poem, go for it. If you play an instrument and want to put melody to it – even better. Record it using any free tool such as Garage Band. Make use of the software if your voice is more Tom Waits than Tom Odell. You can also make use of cool sites such as Fiverr.com where many a musician will provide a backing track for you to sing along to.
If you want myself and Andy to sing your song – no problem, just pop us a message. If you have any tips or tricks to share about writing love songs, please do share below!