I am often asked how I go about writing my songs, and one of the first things I consider is the TYPE of song I want to write. Music is powerful as it appeals to multiple senses at the same time - we hear it, feel it, and depending on the emotion of a song it can transport us to a different time so we, "see it."
I truly believe that whenever you write a song you should be intentional about what you are doing. I have written a few songs in my day (smile). Some songs come to me in a few minutes, others may take months to complete. Regardless of the time, I am very intentional. Songwriting goes beyond a song being categorized as a "Praise" or "Worship," song. I decide if the song is going to teach, celebrate, declare war, invite, or encourage. So, let's explore seven different types of songs.
I grew up in a house where music did not have an ethnicity, age... it was Kingdom music. At any given time you might hear, Shirley Caeser, Amy Grant, Vicki Winans, or Sandi Patty. Back then, it didn't matter to me if a song was classified as Gospel or Contemporary Christian, I was captivated by the lyrics and how they made me feel.
When you are an artist, there is nothing quite like being in your zone and making music that speaks to your soul. As songwriters, God has given us a unique gift of being able to share His Word with melody. While it is clear that the creative aspect of making art is the focus of most artists, there is another side that they may not pay much attention to all the time – the business aspect. This podcast focuses on the business of split sheets and how they help determine ownership.