The lyrics written today lack the weight that it used to carry. Songwriters in the past would open their life by telling a story about love, struggle, and you could feel the emotion behind the lyrics.
Originality in songwriters is dying out, the lyrics written today talk about the same content over and over again. Songs that were written back in the 70s and 80s still hold power because of the social issues the artists wanted to address.
For example, Janet Jackson who has written countless hits addressing racism, addiction, and poverty in songs like ‘State of The World’ and ‘The Knowledge’. A songwriter’s lyrics speak to their intelligence.
Songwriters have written songs that have become commercially successful, but the lyrical content does not have any particular meaning. Rihanna in 2016 released “Work” feat Drake is an example that some songs are written simply for catchy beats and hooks. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Rihanna’s fourteenth number-one single and making her the fourth artist with the most number one songs on the charts.
So, would you rather have music from artists that just make you dance or have music with lyrics that make you think or feel the words? If you are a songwriter who wants to step up and progress to writing more serious and meaningful staff, then you are highly recommended to consult with the book, ‘Message Song: Delivering Important and Powerful Messages Through Lyrics and Music’, by award-winning songwriter, Mosi Dorbayani.
This book shows you the strategy and step-by-step methodology for writing important and powerful songs. It also contains case studies and successful lyrical examples for you to get inspire from.
If you are a caring artist and a responsible writer, and writing socially conscious songs is what you would like to progress to and develop your skills for, then perhaps ‘Message Song’ could be your bible.