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The Hit Trick

What makes a hit song? Why do some songs resonate through your soul, while others seem to fall by the wayside, never to be remembered? What is it that makes people want to hear a hit, over and over? After all, the music scale is only twelve tones and in pop music, often only 5 - 8 notes are actually used. And a hit song is really just some words set to a simple melody. What is the elusive combination of lyrics and music that produces a hit song?

Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, let's write a swimming pool.'
Paul McCartney

The music industry is a multi–billion-dollar industry with the possibility of over night stardom and riches based on one thing, a hit song. The music, lyrics, song arrangement, production and performance all fit together in a way that makes a memorable song.

"I always knew I'd be in music in some sort of capacity. I didn't know if I'd be successful at it, but I knew I'd be doing something in it. Maybe get a job in a record store. Maybe even play in a band. I never got into this to be a star".
- Bryan Adams

But, what is the magic combination?
I wish that I had answers to all these questions (and so do a lot of others) but the truth is, there are no rules and no perfect hit formula. In fact what makes a good song is even open to debate. Ask five different people and you will get five different answers, at first.

"I always record far more than I can use. There's probably twice as much recorded as comes out. I write songs. Then, I record them. And, later, maybe I perform them on stage. That's what I do. That's my job. Simple". -Van Morrison

Stay open
Stay open to new ideas and inspirations. Some songs get written almost instantly, and some you carry around with you for years and years. Some songs only get written under the time pressures of a studio environment, and some just seem to flow out easily. The one thing that I know beyond any doubt at all, is that a writer writes. If you keep writing songs, and thinking about writing songs, you will write good songs someday. Craftsmen take years to build up the skill to do a master job, expect the same of yourself. Hits are re-written and re-crafted by the master craftsmen of the music industry, so have some patience with the craft of writing.

"I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings". - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Hit Trick
The trick really is to just do it! To just get on with the process of writing. Most good songwriters are simply trying to make sense out of the world around them, to interpret what they feel through thier art. Grab all the help you can get and get busy! Probably the worst mistake you can make is to try to write a hit! Try to write a song that touches people instead, that connects with your audience's heart and soul. Hits are really just songs that people want to hear more than other songs, think about the melodies and lyrics that are your favourites. Why are they your favourites? The answer to this question is the what you are looking for.

If you would like more info on Hit Song writing, check out Write Hit Songs.com



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