Memorable Music Unites the World

Memorable Music can unite the world. Nothing proves this more than the outpouring of love and reminiscing that occurs when a music legend is lost. The world said goodbye to another musical legend last year. Singer and songwriter, Prince, died at the age of 57.  Millions of people have spent the last couple days singing his songs, listening to his songs, and remembering what the world was like when it rained purple.

In fact, much of the internet and even some businesses have gone “purple” in honor of Prince and although I’m afraid it’s only temporary, the racial, political, and religious divisions have subsided.


Why?


Because music is important to people, good music becomes part of the fabric of human life. We remember our first kiss, summer camp, our girls’ nights out, our first date, our first dance, our first concert.  All of these firsts and most of our memories from childhood have music tied to them.


There is something about music and lyrics that delves deep into your soul, music can motivate you, it can soothe your pain, it can help you celebrate. Good memorable music can put you in a great mood or bring you out of a bad mood. Good music can hold your hand through a cathartic crying session or spur you on to finish a marathon. Music taps into our human emotions and that’s what makes it memorable.


So how do you create music that people will remember years from now?


Rhyme and Pattern
We all can name at least one song that no matter where we are when it comes on, we can’t resist leaping up and dancing to it. Or a song that makes us cry every time we hear it. If you’ve done any kind of songwriting you already know the importance of rhyme and patterns.


If you’re going to write a song, it helps to understand how rhyme and pattern work. Know which beats and patterns are popular with the majority of people so you can incorporate some of those rhyme and patterns into your music effectively. And sometimes even intentionally going against what is popular can also be memorable.


Connections


You’ve heard this mentioned if you are familiar with American Idol. You have to connect with your audience. The way you connect with your audience is to sing about things that they can relate to or sing in a way that pulls them into your story and makes them relate to it.
So if you’re writing a song, think about the things that most people have in common. It could be an emotion like falling in love, an event such as summer camp, or even an object like a car or a truck. Using images and words that invoke memories of those things that are common to most people will help make your song memorable.
When you are singing a song, let yourself feel the emotion attached to it. Make sure that you sing in a way so that your audience feels the emotions that go along with what you are singing about. Because getting them to feel the song as well as hear it, is what connects people and keeps the song in their memory.


Repetition


The last reason that music is so memorable is because of repetition. Not just repetition in the song, we all know the chorus much better than the rest of the lyrics, right? But when you hear a song you like, a song that taps into your emotions, a song that reminds you of something that happened in your life, what do you do?
You listen to it over and over again. It’s usually popular with other people too and so the radio station plays it over and over again. Sometimes you listen to it so much that you get sick of it, but by then the repetition has done its job.
That song, it’s lyrics, the music, it’s all imbedded into your memory almost like concrete. Twenty years later you can hear the first forty seconds of a song and it will bring back all those memories as if you were in that moment.
So whether you choose to write, play, or sing your music always do what you can to make it memorable!