Remember the last time you heard a really great song?
You were driving along when suddenly you slowed down a bit and turned the volume up? You thought, Wow…what’s this song?
The best songs seem to grab you right in the beginning.
Either the lyric or melody or in the best-case scenario, both, draw you into the song right away. You already know you’ll want to press repeat before the song has finished.
That’s why it’s so important to make a great first impression in songwriting. Spend a little extra time on the very beginning of your song.
If you save the “good” stuff until the end, most listeners will have already left. So draw your audience in with something intriguing, something that forces the ear to lean in.
It doesn’t matter what type of music you’re writing, the same rule applies.
Whether it’s comical, dramatic or poses a question, make sure the beginning is strong enough to make the listener want to hear more!