Paul McCartney explains how he (and John Lennon) wrote some of the :
For example he dreamed the melody of Yesterday and Let it be was also inspired by a dream he had.

I'm really interested to know more about how people write songs because it inspires me. How do you write songs?

@reto Good question. For me, three ways:

1.) By chance: When practicing new chords/ scales/ techniques, or jamming to some song, a new part comes up and sticks around.

2.) A theoretical approach, like "Let's write a melody using a symmetrical scale in a specific pattern", or "Let's try shifting chords in thirds" or whatever.

3.) And also dreaming, although in 50% it turns out to be a song I know, and in most other cases it just doesn't sound that good when being awake. Not Paul after all.

@ics @reto that's more or less the same for me for 1) & 2), though I've yet to be lucky enough to remember a musical idea from a dream 😴

I admit I'm fortunate enough to have keener hearing than average, coupled with years of music theory under my belt. But I still had to listen to tons of #music across various styles to understand what makes good tracks work for those styles.

@btcprox @ics I haven't done 2) yet, but I do 1) as well.
sometimes I get into this songwriting-mood. when I sit down at that moment and try to bring something out it usually works well.
I get dreams from time to time and it's usually new stuff. so when I wake up I try to keep it my mind and I try to sing and record the melody (and the text as far as I can remember if there's any). most of these dream melodies are pretty good IMO. only some of them soso.

@ics @reto

One approach for me is contemplating landscape or imagery and experimenting, through improvisation, to suggest "the feel" of that imagery. When the improvisation turns in a favorable direction, I build upon that as the basis for a kind of tone poem.

As I hone in on what's working in this improvisation-to-composition move, I often examine what I'm doing from a theoretical space and try to understand rules and patterns in play. I try to use this understanding to develop the work.

@twangdarkly that's a really interesting approach. it comes across very well on this song with the feeding birds. @ics


I have a similar aporoach, though I see it as a blurry image of a piece that will slowly sharpen with time, with work. With each step towards focus, new details present themselves to me, almost as if the music is using me to come into being rather than the other way round. Sometimes it's better to leave parts of the result intentionally blurry, or perhaps a piece is never truly finished.

@ics @reto

@reto That's a very interesting question. I do rap, so I guess it's a little different, because I don't create music.

Either I get inspired by an instrumental and write the text from that, or I write the text and try to find an instrumental that goes well with it.

A good part of the work happens after that, when fitting the words right in the music. I think it's still songwriting somehow, because it's about finding the musicality and rhythm of the singing.

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