Song

How to write a song

Writing the perfect LNER Song for Yorkshire with an unforgettable melody and lyrics could be challenging. Here are some helpful and inspiring tips to get you started.

“If anyone asks me about song writing, I guess I’d say that you just gotta do it.”
Alex Turner, Arctic Monkeys.

  1. Where to begin… Getting started is the first step on the journey to creating your LNER Song for Yorkshire and it is often the hardest part of song writing. Whether it’s a melody, main hook, killer intro or getting the lyrics down first, do what feels right for you, there are no right or wrong ways to compose a song.

  2. Lyrically speaking… According to the Bee Gees “It's only words and words are all I have, to take your heart away” … however lyrics often play the most integral part of a song. It’s good to have a clear idea what your LNER Song for Yorkshire will be about from the start of the process. Make a note of what you want to get across with your lyrics before you begin playing about with the rhythm, structure and cadence of the words to fit around your melody.

  3. When inspiration strikes… It is always a good idea to keep note of any idea that pops into your head wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. Keep a note pad handy, record it on your phone or take an image of where you were. Whatever it takes to help fuel your creativity.

  4. Wear your heart on your sleeve… Some the best songs in the world are about personal experiences and life events. Write from the heart and use your own experiences to help express the songs emotion and reconnect with yourself and the community.

  5. Work together… If you do suffer from writer’s block, reach out and collaborate with others, you might be surprised by what you can collectively create.

  6. Keep it simple … Don’t over complicate your LNER Song for Yorkshire from the beginning, focus on it in its simplest form, before adding in additional musical elements.

  7. Make sure to take breaks … If the song writing isn’t flowing as easily as you’d like, then get out and explore Yorkshire, go on that walk, visit that attraction, stop at your favourite café. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, it’s the final product that’s the most important.

  8. Don’t overthink it … Keep an open mind and stop worrying. It’s often easier to get things done when you let the song writing process flow.

  9. Ask for feedback … Before you submit your LNER Song for Yorkshire entry, find someone who’s opinion you value and trust, and ask for feedback, you might just get some insight to make your LNER Song for Yorkshire even better.

  10. Keep going, don’t be afraid to fail … In the words of the late Johnny Cash “You build on failure. You can use it as a steppingstone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”