So, I calmly turned to the lead singer (Who has just given me the advice about making it sound good) and said “Yes, but what if it sounded good AND it made sense?” There was a collective “Whoa” from the whole band. It was as if Confucius had just spoken the wisest words in the history of the world.
They bought in. So we wrote a pretty good song that sounded good and made sense. Since then, I’ve been in numerous discussions where the same kinds of statements were made. Usually they are referring to pop music when they say it doesn’t have to make sense. And, they are right. Some of it doesn’t. Most of those were written with the artist.
In my opinion, it’s just being lazy to settle for a song that sounds good but doesn’t make sense. My goal every day is to write something that sounds awesome and makes good sense. The two are NOT mutually exclusive. Don’t cop out and write something that doesn’t say anything, even if your genre allows that. You can rise to the top by making your songs sound fresh and actually making them say something real. Sound cool. Make sense.
Hangi Tavakoli is our in-house established and professional music producer with 20 years of experience in songwriting, music production, mix and mastering. He has written and produced more than 5,000 published songs to-date, including some major hits in international scale.