I've got a dozen sheets of poetries that I wrote long back when I started out with music production. Purpose was to incorporate music around them, but then they didnt turn up into songs as I had no clue how to shape music around them. Now few days back I got very enthusiastic and as looked into these lyrics I think they are not that bad to be ignored. Now for the first time in my life, I would like to build a few songs with lyrics. My problem is that I dont know the method of writing music for the lyrics. I looked on the web but to no success yet. So if anyone knows of a tutorial or literature or have any idea or suggestion for me then please help me.
Do you people write lyrics first or the music? I think it should be much more easier to make lyrics when a musical thought is already there in the head. Am I wrong?
What sort of music do you write? There's such a wide range, from the highly crafted melodies of Gershwin and Cole Porter to the "shout it out over a repeated loop" method of some current performers. And all of them can work :-)
Classic song lyrics tend to use remarkably few words, with lots of repetition. Poetry tends to be more complicated. You might find it helpful to locate the most "catchy" phrase in your poetry and build a song using just that, even if it's only 4 or 5 words. If your poetry doesn't HAVE a catchy phrase, maybe it isn't suited as a song lyric.