Can You Make A Living Making Music For Audiojungle? – Diva Production Music Interview

When it comes to creating and selling royalty-free music online, I must admit that, until recently, I was only vaguely aware of the concept. 

But, as a musician and someone who is always trying to explore new potential money-making ideas, there comes a time where such ideas enter your awareness and you ponder them.  Sometimes even act on them.  

Such was the case when I came across Diva Production Music, a Youtube channel that talks in depth about this very topic of making a sustainable business out of producing sought-after royalty-free music for the corporate world. 

Back to him in a moment, as he is the subject of today’s article and interview.  First a bit of context, if I may.

So, everyone who is of working age knows something of the “corporate world”, like it or not.  As a musician, for a long time, just those two words together equated to “sellout”, and made me cringe slightly. 

Same with my friends, too – we all hated the idea of the corporate world, and wanted to avoid it at all costs.  To be honest, for me personally, that has equated to making music independently and seeing no income for my efforts for the past 20 years. 

I also taught music, because, as they say, those can’t do, teach.  A reductive definition to be sure, but somewhat true, I’ll admit.

But here we are in 2018, and, lets face it – everyone needs to make a living.  Also, the music business has changed tremendously in the past 20 years.  If you don’t know that, you must have been living under a rock.  

Then

Starting with the onset of the internet in about ’95, and then on P2P and file-sharing platforms like Napster and Limewire at the turn of the century, the control was forcibly taken away from those who run the music business, and “given back” to the people. 

File “sharing” AKA theft (Lars was right all along) was in vogue and has been ever since. 

The big music labels had to watch as everyone started simply taking everything that they had previously put a pricetag on, for free.

This of course went for movies, games, and everything else that could be turned into a file, and the entertainment industry tried their best to stop it.  And continually failed.

Now

Fast forward almost two decades.  Independent musicians are now simultaneously more empowered to enter the world of entrepreneurship on their own terms, while at the same time far less attached to the idea of becoming a famous rock star one day. 

This, I think, is not only because the “rock star” model was always somewhat of a lie, but also because there are many more options for starting actual legitimate online businesses open to individuals now that the age of the internet is beginning to mature slightly.  

This is essentially where people like Daniel Carrizalez (AKA Diva Production Music) comes in to the story.  Daniel is a musician, and has spent years honing his craft, composing songs and using all the gear he has at his disposal. 

There came a point where he had to make a choice between using his skills as a musician to earn a living online, or earning his living in some other way (ie. a “real” job in an office or factory, perhaps). 

The “rock star” notion was not something he was interested in, since it really is just a dream that comes true only once in a blue moon.  It is not a viable career choice to a man with a wife, an 8-yr old daughter and a new baby. 

So he began taking his music making abilities more “seriously”, if you will, in that he wanted to make music, but also he needed to earn a living. 

Emphasis on the word need.  Becoming aware of the new wave of internet marketing types, and jobs related to that field, Daniel began to explore his options.  

One site that stood out to him in his search for potential job opportunities was Audiojungle

Audiojungle is a sub section of the Envato Market, which is a much broader business that offers a multitude of services, one such being offering website themes and options to business owners. 

The overarching concept of Envato, to my understanding, is to be able to hook up an online business person with whatever they need to help improve their own services.  

Audiojungle, specifically, is a service that offers music to anyone who needs music for a commercial, or product of any kind, but lacks the musical element. 

On Audiojungle, the music is pre-made by professionals (such as Diva Production Music ), and sold to those who are willing to pay for the license so that they can make use of it. 

Without the license, if a person were to use this music, it would be considered stealing.  With the purchase of a license (and there are various types), the buyer can now use the music they’ve purchased to use in their own project.

After watching some of Daniel’s content, I became more and more interested in the idea of using Audiojungle to make money with my music, and so I contacted him. 

Luckily, he was willing to answer some of my burning questions on this matter.  So, here is our interview.  Enjoy!


Q: How long have you been making music?

A: I’ve been making music since I was a teenager, but composing and producing stock music only the last 4 years.

Q: What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?

A: I enjoy all sorts of music, especially rock, alternative rock.

Q: What kind of music do you enjoy making?

A: I enjoying making a lot of acoustic guitar music and experiment with different elements. At the moment, I try to focus on making corporate music, the one that is required and is most popular for media projects.

Q: When did you become aware of Audiojungle?

A: In 2014, I did an extensive search on making and selling music online, and Audiojungle was one of the top marketplaces for that.

Q: Was it difficult to get started on Audiojungle?  What’s the basic process for doing that?

A: Yes, it was difficult. I had no idea what stock music was and even though I knew all about music composition and production, I’d never done commercial music before.

The basic process involves setting up and author’s account and uploading your track. The music that you are uploading should reflect your strengths and ability to create more, quickly and effortlessly.

Q: What type of music do you specialize in making for Audiojungle?

A: I specialize in inspirational and feel-good music, particularly in the genres of rock, pop, folk and/or corporate.

Q: What type of gear setup do you have to make the tracks you make?

A: I am running ProTools on a Macbook pro laptop, use different WAVES plugins for the production of the music, an Eleven Rack as an interface, a SansAmp as a base preamp and a microphone preamp to record acoustic guitars. I also have a midi keyboard and a selection of different guitars, both electric and acoustic.

Q: How big is Audiojungle, community wise?

A: The community of Audiojungle is quite big and growing very fast.

Q: Is it competitive at all?

A: Yes, it is but the key here is not to compete but to create the best product for each and every project.  I am a creator, NOT a competitor.

Q: Do you ever hear form Audiojungle for any reason or Envato for that matter?(ie. do you talk to a rep or is it hands off mostly)

A: There are no reps involved but if you need to contact support, there is a system available. But each author is on their own, and it is up to you to decide on your presentation and marketing of your music.

Q: How much of your work for Audiojungle is inspiration, how much is work work?

A: Inspiration comes after I start working on a new project. I believe that work is a good thing and inspiration comes from working on your craft. Inspiration, like motivation, will always let you down. One that creates cannot wait for inspiration to arrive; you find it only through working!

Q: What are their basic standards for whether a track is suitable for their platform?

A: Over the years, the bar has been raised higher and higher, both in composition and production. That means that the tracks uploaded and accepted back in 2010 most likely, will not be accepted now. The review process is very thorough nowadays and an author must continue to improve and polish their skills. The final result should be broadcast quality, like the music you hear on a TV commercial or YouTube ad.

Q: Who reviews the tracks submitted and how long does that process take?

A: There is a group of reviewers in Audiojungle and the review time varies depending on the number of submissions. It can be anything from 7 days to 15 days for a song to be approved and up or sale.

Q: Who uses Audiojungle from the customer side, as far as your experience tells you?

A: Costumers are video-makers, film-makers, advertising companies and of course, YouTubers!

Q: What’s the price range of songs on Audiojungle?

A: A song can be sold based on the length of the music, starting from $12-15 to $19 for a standard license. The price will directly depend on the license purchased, for example, ie. broadcast license or film license.

Q: Does anyone try to pirate Audiojungle tracks that you know of?

A: Yes. I have personally heard and informed Audiojungle on tracks being used with the watermark.

Q: What kind of musicians do you think would be good authors on Audiojungle?

A: A good author on Audiojungle is any musician with the right mindset to be at the service of others, in this case, the other media makers and content creators.

Q: Anything else you want to add?

A: In order to become a successful stock music composer, we must be aware of the market’s needs, without comparing ourselves to other composers.


And…that about wraps things up here today!  To learn more about Daniel and Diva Production Music, visit his Youtube channel here, and don’t forget to subscribe!

How To Write A Love Song For A Girl (Ex, Crush, Girlfriend, Wife)

man serenading a woman on guitar

*Guaranteed to work on crushes, girlfriends, ex gf’s wives, and random beautiful women!

Women are suckers for romance. 

Need proof?  You do hundreds of things for them, calling them up all the time, taking them out for dinners and holiday retreats, you buy them presents, flowers, give them Starbucks gift cards…and then at the end of it all, they look you in the eyes and ask, “Do you really love me?” 

how to write a love song for a girl

What can we conclude from this?  You need to say it time and again, “I love you!” and tell them how special they are to you and what they mean to you. 

There’s one way to do this and it usually works like a charm.  If you do it right, they’ll be not only impressed, but entertained and honoured that you took the time.  And that is…write your girl a song! 


Inspiration

Think about the moments that you two have spent together.  The high points in your relationship, or the first time that you felt that she is the one for you.  Maybe the first time you kissed, or did “it”. 

Think about your first fight, and then how you made up afterwards.  All this will serve as an inspiration for you to write some very heartfelt lyrics for your special gal. 

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Another thing you can do is listen to some of the greatest love songs ever written.  Motown stuff always does the trick.  Many of those songs are timeless classics. 

Jump on the internet and browse around, you’re bound to find some real gems that you can use to inspire your own classic love song.  Here’s Al Green to show us how it’s done…

Try to break down exactly how the songwriter goes about building the song and try to follow the way he or she constructed the song.  With Al Green, there is certainly a lot you can learn from him alone.  

As long as you aren’t straight up ripping off a song, you should be in good standing with your own love song.  Just grab a pen and paper and see what happens!


Compliments

All women love it when the man in their life tells them how pretty they are.  So, another way to go about writing lyrics is to praise her beauty. 

If it’s her sparkling eyes that stand out the most, mention them in the song lyrics.  If she has a cute nose or an overbite that you dig, them about them in the most flattering way possible. 

cute girl with overbite

Women without exception don’t mind a few compliments, and so she will be super thrilled when you actually sing them to her.  Also, don’t forget that just cause your male “bros” might think your song is silly, or say it’s stupid…who cares? 

You’re not singing it to them, and you probably are better off not sharing it with any of your macho buddies.  Focus only on your girl and what you find special about her and you can’t lose!


Feelings

Write about your feelings.  For some people, this is next to impossible, but it’s what will put your song in a league of its own, because you’re opening up about how you feel. 

Some guys can’t do it.  Can you? 

man writes his feelings

Tell your lady how you feel.  Tell her about how you aren’t the same bumbling idiot that you were when you met.  Tell her how if she was in danger you’d be there in spandex to protect her. 

Ok, I’m getting carried away, but you know what I mean.  Through the song lyrics, convey it to her how she has helped you in your journey to become a better person. 

Give her all the credit, because you know deep down she feels like she deserves it.  Where would you be without her?  

Don’t grovel, but do what they do in classic soul music and get down on your knees and thank the Good Lord you have this woman in your life! 

Any woman will love it if she feels she has changed you for the better.  And who knows, she probably has!

man and woman laughing


Originality

One very important tip on how to write a love song for a girl is to not plagiarize from another song.  I said this earlier, but it’s important not to rip off another song for more reason than one. 

You don’t want your girl to listen to your song and then say “Hey, that’s Billy Joel!” Because then she’ll start to think not about the message of love you’re trying to send her, but rather how you don’t know how to write her a love song that captures the one-of-a-kind nature of your loving relationship with her. 

So, DO NOT lift sentences or fragments of phrases from other famous love songs.  Do not call your song “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word”. 

elton john lookalike

Use words and sentences that relate to your experiences with your woman.  Specific things that only apply to you and her and your shared history, but of course don’t mention the bad stuff unless you can make it sound charming. 

Don’t sing to her “…and remember when your ex boyfriend came to the restaurant, and I got extremely jealous and made you feel bad.  Ohhhhh what a night it waaas…”

Stick to the good times you’ve shared together.  And if you aren’t good with words, and can only think of words like “cat” and “bat”, get a thesaurus and find some synonyms for common words. 

She won’t appreciate it if you copy other people’s words, and she also won’t like it if you sound like a doorknob who has no writing ability.


The Setting

If you can play the song on guitar, and you know what you’re doing, then you’re ready to present your song to her.  Sing to her in a romantic setting that accentuates the mood you’re establishing. 

Sing under the moon, or beneath a starry sky, in front of her bedroom window.  It might seem like a cliché, but how many people actually go to all that trouble these days?  Not too many. 

So, make her feel as special as she is by creating a romantic mood and singing your love song to her.

man playing woman song in park


Conclusion

If you want to be bang on and hit the right note with your girlfriend or wife, or even a potential love interest, read the song that you have written to one of your woman friends first, just to see if you are in the right ballpark of being romantic, or if you need to do some editing. 

A woman is generally more apt to know what will appeal to another woman.  There’s a good chance you are missing something, and, believe me, a female friend will tell you exactly what is wrong with your love song, if there is anything wrong with it. 

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Finally, before you perform it for her, run through it a few times, just to make sure you’re 100% sounding good.  Then, when it’s D day and you have to perform it, give it all you’ve got. 

Show her how much you love her and put your whole heart and soul into the song.  Sing it with love and passion, and look deep into her eyes. 

If you can do that, no girl in her right mind will be able to resist your charm and that includes your girlfriend or wife.  Let me know how it goes!

In the meantime, check out these serenading smoothies, and watch the reactions on the girls’ faces!

25 Pick Me Up Songs To Listen To When Your Life Is In The Toilet

best pick me up songs

We’ve all had those days – you know, the ones where so many things go wrong that you feel like you’re a living example of Murphy’s Law in progress, and the only thing that’s working in your favour is that it has to end. 

When your spirits are flagging and you’re feeling blue, listen to some feel good music, and let it work its magic – if nothing else, you’ll go to sleep feeling a bit better than you were. 

And at best?  You’ll dust off the day’s debris, put on your happy hat, get gussied up, and face the world head on in your twinkly dancing shoes. 

gussied up wearing fancy hat

Nothing can make the world seem better than music – well, maybe chocolate, sunshine, and piping hot coffee on a cold winter morning, warm socks and autumn colours, a doggy welcome and April showers, but I’m hoping you catch my drift by now. 

To get you started, take a look at the world of happiness through feel good songs that’ll have you tapping your feet in no time!

List of songs that will make you feel better when your life just sucks

It’s sort of stupid to assume that what works for me will work for you, since tastes are so individual and choices even more so. 

I might scoff at music you like and you might scrunch up your nose at my choices, but, sometimes, just sometimes, if you expand your horizons, and give a song a chance to cheer you up, it might just do that.

It’s not all sunshine and lollipops here, but anyways, this is a list of some of the best music I could find, express finished to make you smile.  It has pretty much every genre somewhere in there, so give it a whirl. 


Feelin’ Groovy – Simon and Garfunkel

This song was written with one purpose in mind, and that is to make you feel groovy.  So, if you listen to this tune, and you don’t feel groovy, you can sue Simon and Garfunkel, and tell them we sent you.

Visit: https://www.simonandgarfunkel.com/


Today I Hate Everyone – Killjoys

We figured this song would fit into the theme of the article quite nicely.  Canadian band from the ’90’s.  So hateful, and yet so upbeat at the same time.


I Feel Good – James Brown

Another song that you can’t listen to and not help but spit out those 30 Advils you were just about to swallow.  It’s time to dance!

Visit: http://www.jamesbrown.com/


Moneygrabber – Fitz and the Tantrums

This is another great, upbeat song, which you may or may not be able to relate to in your situation.  If some gold digger is out for your money, just totally reaching into your bank account and nabbing all your cash, and that’s what’s irking you, then blast this song and tell that gold digger their time has come and it’s time to get the fuck out!

Visit: https://www.fitzandthetantrums.com/


Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

This song is borderline cheeseball (or maybe it’s over the border, I don’t know), but it also is just a very unabashedly happy song that should remind you that happy emotions are out there, even if you aren’t feeling them.

So, you can either put it on and shake off those blues with this track, or you’ll be more enraged than ever.  This tune couldn’t have had a very big budget – play a fake concert, feed the ducks at the park.  Good going!

Visit: https://www.katrinaandthewaves.com/


Gold Star For Robot Boy – Guided By Voices

Guided by Voices is a band lead by former school teacher Robert Pollard, who only achieved any kind of band success in his mid-30’s, quitting his job as a high school math teacher to sign with Matador Records and become a rock and roll God.

Pollard has written more songs than pretty much anyone.  If you like the Beatles psychedelic period, or the Kinks, or even The Who, who GBV seems to be in some kind of self-imposed belated competition with for most boisterous band, then you’ll probably dig this band.

This song is from Bee Thousand, which I recommend.

Visit: https://www.guidedbyvoices.com/


The Saga Begins – Weird Al Yankovic

When Weird Al’s on, you’re more than likely going to stop crying, if only momentarily.  This goofy satirist has a career spanning many decades, and each of his songs is a self-contained masterpiece.  There are few who dislike him, even though he’s such a dork.  In fact, he speaks to the total dork in us all.

One of his best…

Visit: http://weirdal.com/home/


Pull Up To The Bumper – Grace Jones

If this list so far has been too much cheese for you, you can just throw on something super weird like Grace Jones, the tall weird black chick from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, who specializes in futuristic synth pop funk.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/GraceJonesOfficial/


Little Fluffy Clouds – The Orb

…Or maybe you need to change things up completely and listen to something really chill and trippy like The Orb, whose classic track Little Fluffy Clouds could potentially make your mind wander off in a pleasant way, away from all of the dark thoughts of your life being in the toilet and all that, and into the clouds..the little fluffy ones.  Wheeeee….

Visit: https://www.theorb.com/


Stagefright – Def Leopard

Def Leppard is one of the biggest bands of the 80’s, and this song Stagefright is a real rocker.  Probably my favorite song of theirs, from their album which has the edgy cover that has been banned for being too eerily predictive of 9/11.  Great album though.

Visit: http://www.defleppard.com/


Donna Summer – Hot Stuff

As this song describes, perhaps one way to make your life better would be to get some “hot stuff” baby, this evenin’.  Depending on your personal circumstances, calling 1000 phone numbers may not be the answer, but you might be at the point where – hey – you may as well try it!

Or you could just listen to this song and get into the groove, boogie down, and all that jazz.

Visit: http://donnasummer.com/


Whoever You Are – Geggy Tah

This song is a fun one, and a lot of people don’t know it.  It’s one of those obscure one-hit wonders from the 90’s that’s actually pretty cool, and touches upon the virtues of people being nice in traffic.  A groovy tune, and much overlooked!

Visit: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4O4IKDuNW6VIitV8vdg88x


United States of Whatever – Liam Lynch

This is another one of those songs that came along, people were like “huh?” and then that was it.  But it’s a fun, punk-y song, and if you’re a certain kind of person, you might just grab a chair, throw it through a window, and jump out that window.  And that’s fine, you’re back in business and mission accomplished!

Visit: http://www.liamlynch.net/


White Flag – Dido

Dido is one of those artists that writes such smooth, sad, beautiful music, that it can often make you depressed, pining for lost loves and walking around with a big oversized cardigan or something.

For some people, Dido’s music may not really make you want to go out and party, but…it might get you to a party, where you can go and be depressed around people, rather than sitting in your room alone with that knife.

Visit: https://www.didomusic.com/


Weezer – Africa (Starring Weird Al)

Weezer is one of those bands that some people love, and some people hate, but they generally elicit strong opinions and feelings from people, for what it’s worth.  Weezer also is a bit of a nerd band, and proud of it.

Hence, it was no surprise that they have hooked up with Weird Al here, for their cover of Toto’s Africa.  It’s a little bit tongue and cheek, but the song does its best to pay respect to Toto (who returned the favor partly by playing Hash Pipe live at least once).

This is a song that has some good feels in it, and it might inspire you to re-think sending that really long, angry text to that person that you were just about to hit “send” on, calling them on all their bullshit.

Visit: https://weezer.com/


Together Forever – Rick Astley

Rick Astley’s other huge song, from the 90’s.  I’m pretty sure it’s not proper to Rick Roll someone with this, but you can always try it.  To be sure, there is a fair bit of cheese in this list, and in this song as well, because they (the wise ones) say cheese is what nourishes the soul in times of need.

Actually, nobody said that.  Cheese, although tasty, can wreak havoc with your body, especially if you are lactose intolerant.  You might just get bloated, but at least that bloating will distract you from the fact that your significant other left you the day before you have to pay that outstanding hydro bill!

Visit: http://www.rickastley.co.uk/


Growing Pains – Season 3 Theme Song

Unless you have no heart, this song’s cheesy feel-good vibes should serve to cheer you up a bit, at least enough to make you take that shotgun out of your mouth.  Either that, or you’ll be pulling the trigger, leaving the world and the 1980’s far behind.

BJ Thomas is the singer of this tune, although for years I thought maybe it was Alan Thicke (the dad on the show, RIP) who sang it.  In any case, there is a real sentiment in the song that you can take to heart if you wish, or you can continue with your wrong-doings and evil ways and move on to the next song.  🙂

BONUS:

Visit: https://www.bjthomas.com/


Smiling – Operation Ivy

Operation Ivy is one of, if not THE, best punk band ever IMHO.  Even Green Day worships them, and they lack respect for most things.  Actually, I’m pretty sure Green Day came up in the same scene as “Op Ivy”, at 924 Gilman, but a bit before them…not sure.

In addition to having one of the most crack bands ever, this band also features Tim Armstrong on guitar, who would later go on to form punk legends Rancid.

Anyway, this band rocks, and this song is kind of funny too.

Visit: http://epitaph.com/artists/operation-ivy


Corcovado – Astrud Gilberto

There are few voices more soothing and yet sultry than that of Astrud Gilberto, Brazil’s bossa nova queen.  From her pure jazzy tones, to her unique phrasing, she’s certainly one of a kind.

When I’m feeling down, it’s nearly impossible to stay that way after listening to anything sung by her, as it does something inside my head to put me in the frame of mind that evokes the impressions of love and longing, as experienced by one of the exotic voices ever put on record.

Visit: http://www.astrudgilberto.com/


Wango Wango – Osibisa

I discovered Osibisa in my days of scouring old vinyl bins in my twenties, and looking for something let’s say .. different.  Osibisa is certainly that.  Very different, as it is African and Caribbean music by way of the United Kingdom.

It was the album art of Osibisa that struck me first, and that drew me into their equally vibrant music, which I’ve always kept close by, for just such occasions as when someone you love tells you you’re worthless, and then turns their back on you forever.  At that point, fix yourself a spritzer and put on this music!

Visit: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/osibisa/7243654


Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now – Samantha Fox

The ’80’s had a way of taking sad topics and making them positively joyous.  Take this song, for example.  Just listen to the words and you wouldn’t expect it to have a mega hit dance vibe.

But, like many great songs that discuss sadness and sorrow, here Samantha Fox aims to overcome the sadness that they are experiencing and their troubles, by living inside a sound that inherently goes in another direction, infused with light and love, and leaving the sadness behind.

If this song speaks to you, I say go with it.

Visit: https://samfox.com/


Your Party – Ween

If you don’t know Ween, it’s about time you did.  The band threw in the towel years ago, and then came back, smelled that sweaty old towel, and headed right back into the gym!  Metaphorically speaking, I mean…

For fans of Ween, it’s hard to pick a Ween song that isn’t a classic.  Their fans are rabid, because their music does something that few artists can do without turning into a one-trick pony – make a song that both entertains and also makes you laugh.

By this point in Ween’s career, no one really knew what to expect from them, and this song is one of those songs that works as both a bizarre novelty, but also as simply good music.  Hope you dig it!

Visit: http://ween.com/


Vivrant Thing – Q-Tip

This is just one of the best A Tribe Called Quest songs, or solo Q-Tip, not sure which… songs that I know.  It’s a hard song to hate on…even if you are chock full of hate.

If you like hip-hop, and aren’t so much into those gangsta lyrics, this song might get your left bum cheek movin’ and from there, who knows what might happen?!

Visit: http://atribecalledquest.com/home/


Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen – Baz Luhrman

This song is more of a motivational speech.  It might be the first track on this list that is actually directed directly at stressed out people, so if you’ve been skipping the rest of these, then this one you might not want to skip as it has some measured words of advice for you, set to music.

Visit: https://twitter.com/bazluhrmann?lang=en


Cool in the Pool – Holger Czukay

This song might cheer you up because it’s kooky, and features one of the members of the kraut rock band, Can.  Here, Holger does his best to write I guess what you might call a pop song, if it weren’t so fucking weird.

That said, it’s pretty hard to listen to this and hold that knife steady at your wrist.  May as well put that blade down and head over to the local discotheque and request this one.


Tribute – Tenacious D

And no list of pick me up songs would be complete without some Tenacious D, who go to great lengths to write fairly ridiculous songs that also rock and which are also very humorous.

Like, yeah, maybe your life sucks, but once you watch this, you hopefully will at least feel less shitty enough to take that pitchfork out of your belly button.  Why?  Because you’ve just listened to the best song in the world, of course.

Visit: https://www.tenaciousd.com/


Postscript

Sometimes, bad days seem to be the norm, and nothing really works much – especially when you’re going through a break up or trying hard to survive the aftermath. 

At such times, a good cry can be more therapeutic than one may give it credit for.  They say that music soothes the soul – does that mean that songs that make you cry, or think, or feel inspired make you feel good?  Perhaps they do.

And finally, when you’re all cried out, and the tears are giving way to righteous indignation and you feel the urge to thumb your nose at life, and shout “Bring it on!” in sheer challenge, watch a feel good music video, maybe Bryan Adams’ “On A Day Like Today”. 

Once you’re done all of this, I’d wager you’ll be a lot better off – enough to perhaps make yourself a lovely mug of cocoa and settle down to clean our your closet (perhaps that’s too ambitious?), rid yourself of clutter, find your inner poise and Qi, and, in the process, get a grip on your life.  Just like the gif of this weird looking man I found….

Anyways, when life seems too much to take, and the world seems to be conspiring against you (which it no doubt actually is because hey, fuck you!), slip on your head phones, put on your pick-me-up mix, and take a walk. 

The world’s worries can wait.

How to Write Children’s Songs

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Song writing іѕ а probably the best way to express your thoughts and feelings in a creative and musical manner.  It’s good for your soul, and it can be a fun process as well. Still, there are certain songwriting rules.  You need tо consider the tune, lyrics and the overall feel оf the song as you write it.  

Kids Love Music!

One group of people who love to hear songs is, of course, kids!  Your kids, your friend’s kids – all kids love music!  Specifically, children love stories, songs, music, and dance, all оf which саn bе used аѕ effective mediums tо communicate with them.

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When it comes to writing songs for kids, you need to consider some important things regarding the lyrics and tune.  You may have to write songs for children in Sunday schools, at school gatherings, or simply for entertainment.  You just never know when your skills as a songwriter will be needed!  Here are some tips:

Easy Tune and Chords

You might have noticed that all children’s songs have a simple tune with not too many singing or chord variations.  This is because children grasp simple tunes faster than complicated ones.  A kid’s song should only have two or three chords.  This will be helpful, if the song is to be performed by the children themselves either by singing it back or playing it on a musical instrument.  Starting the song in a major key will provide the song with a happy tone which kids will enjoy.  Keep the combination simple such as G-C-D.  A good idea is the Baa Baa Black Sheep song which has this very chord combination.

Easy Words in Lyrics

Including easy to remember and pronounce words in the lyrics is absolutely required when you are writing songs for kids.  The reason for this is that words may be new to children, and it is important for them to understand the words to develop language skills.  Moreever, the words should also be easy to pronounce and memorize.  Children would certainly enjoy memorizing the song if the words are easy to pronounce and learn.  For example, the words of the very famous London Bridge Is Falling Down rhyme.

Rhyme Scheme

A rhyme scheme in the verse and chorus is also as important as including simple words. A rhyme gives the song an interesting touch and helps connect the lines in a verse.  You can choose the very simple ‘AAAA’ rhyme scheme on a four-line verse.  Another good one would be ‘AABB’, which can easily be applied to a children’s song.  Children will find the song more enjoyable and easy to follow if the lines are connected logically and in rhyme. The Ding Dong Bell rhyme has a good AABB kind of rhyme scheme.

Song Theme / Interest Factor

To create an interest for children to sing a song and learn it by heart, the main topic should be compelling.  Of course, ideas that are compelling to us adults aren’t always interesting to children.  We want to relate to kids on their level.  You can write the song lyrics using ideas such as a day at school, the school bus, mom and dad, homework, things they like to eat like ice cream, and things like this.  You can even think of short stories, which will make them happy.  Nothing too long or complicated.  Whatever the theme is, it’s handy if it teaches them something – a morality tale.  One song I can think of that kids like is the Slippery Fish song.  It’s cute, it’s playful, and it’s a bit weird to be honest.  Remember that just because you’re writing a kids’ song, doesn’t mean you have to write a boring kids’ song.

Actions and Dance

Most children love to dance and to perform actions with music.  After you have written a song, you set up appropriate steps to the lyrics.  Actions and gestures in songs would greatly appeal to kids, hence encouraging them to participate.  These steps can be used to arrange a dance to that song.  Just like the words and lyrics should be made simple, so should the actions in dance songs for kids.  If not for the whole song, the chorus can surely consist of fun-to-do actions.  Along with the tune and lyrics, it’s a good idea to add rhythmic beats to the song.  An example of this type of song would be Going On A Lion Hunt.  This song has plenty of fun gestures you can do with your kids!

Practice Makes Perfect

Kids being kids, there are many chances for the song to get mixed up when children sing them.  To make the song perfect, you should thoroughly practice it and the actions as well with your kids.  With some practice, you will come to know the song inside and out and you will be able to help your kids learn the song better, until they know it off by heart too.  If there are gestures that go along with the song, practice will help them learn those as well.  If you are the one personally teaching the kids the song, you can do different things to make the song more fun, like adding your own special humour to different gestures, or sound effects, etc.  The more fun your kids are having, the better they’ll learn the song, and if they have to present the song at a recital or for a school assembly, they’ll do a better job!

Conclusion

Children will certainly enjoy practicing the song you’ve written if it takes into consideration all of the things we’ve talked about: an interesting topic or theme, simple rhyming lyrics, a simple melody and chord structure, some element of learning, a sense of fun, along with gestures that make the song even more entertaining.  Writing a song for kids can be easy only if you make sure you simplify it, both for yourself and for the kids as well.  Let your inner child shine through, grab your laptop or pen and paper and get writing.  Good luck!

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