Writing Country Songs
Some may say that country songwriters have it easy and that country music has simple lyrics that lack the twists and turns rock songs sometimes possess, or the harshness that rap songs often symbolize. But such views about country music are wholly inaccurate. The fact that the lyrics are simple and direct is what makes writing lyrics for country music an even more daunting process for country songwriters.
Country songs are known for straightforward lyrics, which makes it crucial not to overly simplify the song and to include a story. Ever song talks about something, an experience, a thought or a memory, and country songs are no different. They also have something to express through the lyrics. The lyrics of the song should be unique, which is something all country songwriters keep in mind when writing the song.
Country songwriters need to be concerned with writing lyrics as well as the music for the song. The lyrics tend to be straightforward and not overly layered and so too is the musical arrangement. Country song music is often upbeat, though country music is also known for it’s ballads and soft tracks.
Unlike a country music songwriter, whose job it is to work on all aspects of the song, includes the words and lyrics as well as the instrumental, a lyric writer is concerned only with writing lyrics for songs. At the same time, there is clearly an overlap and the lyrics and instrumental need to work together. When writing country songs, the lyric ghostwriter will do well to have a music background.
Often accomplished country musicians get writer’s block when writing country song lyrics, unable to arrange their thoughts to form lyrics that fit the music. As a result, the demand for country lyric writers and ghostwriters is ever increasing. It is no longer necessary that accomplished country musicians also be adept at writing lyrics. It is, after all, a group. And each band member and even outside help does its part to create a completed country song.
Country music writers and composers often work in close contact with country lyric writers to develop lyrics that accentuate their music. Through this process of collaboration, they’re able to create lyrics that complement their music and vice versa. A country lyric writer may can be contacted at the start of the music writing process. In other cases, the musician finishes creating the music first and then the lyric writer is hired to write the corresponding lyrics.