The process of creating something new
To Create means to make or bring into existence something new, to produce through imaginative skill.*
Some compose, some write music, some sing, some play music, but whichever part you do, you are creating or contributing to the creation of something new, that did not exist yet before. Your work might be completely new, it might be inspired by other music that you like or it might even be based on samples (quick note: if you use samples, make sure that you own the necessary rights). Either way, you work, you create something new that you want the world (or some part of it) to notice, to listen to.
Your personal touch
Into every song that you compose you are adding a part of yourself, your particular point of view, or your interpretation of a particular topic / mood / genre. Maybe you are already doing this very consciously through your lyrics. Or you are composing stock music to sell, but with your own little signature. The personal touch that you add to your work can be strong and easily visible, or it might be very subtle and discreet, but it is there. That is what makes your music uniquely yours. Until you share it.
Your music resonates, not just with you
Once you share your music it will undoubtedly leave marks on the people who listen to it. Every listener will have a subjective reaction to your song, which is unique to every listener. How does your music resonate with other people? Will they be inspired to create something of their own? Will they include it in their video? What is their emotional reaction? Will they dance to it? Will they be moved? Yes, they will! Your audience will be moved by your work, in one way or another.
Questions to reflect upon
The intention that you put into your composition is very likely to influence the reaction of your listeners. If you are aware of the ingredients that go into your composition then you are getting a first view of who your audience could be or already is. This will be of great advantage when you decide where to share your music (see category Share) and how to understand the statistics of the sales, the listens and downloads of your work (see category Develop).
- Do you want to communicate something particular with your music?
- How do you do this? Through the melody? Through the lyrics?
- How important are lyrics to you?
- Are you creating a certain mood with your music (e.g. happy, sad, reflective)?
- Are you creating a soundscape (similar to a landscape, an image is formed by the music)?
- Does the song carry your message as you intended to?
- Do you want to release your work as a single or an album?
- What artwork (image) should go with your single/album?
- How would you describe your work in an interview?
Before or after the recording
Should you do this exercise before or after writing and recording the song? This is for you to choose, both work. You can either compose the music around the ideas that you have gained through these questions, or you can use them to understand your work on more levels afterward. Remember that there are no right or wrong answers. The questions simply invite you to become more consciously aware of the work that you are creating. Your answers will also be different from one album to another. It can be interesting to write your answers down and observe how your skillset and production level is improving over time.
*Definition by Merriam-Webster