In every culture in the world, one can find songs and they have existed from the beginning. It is for this reason that songwriting is considered extremely powerful, as the songs tend to hold the interest of the listener and draw out a response bringing a call for action. Many cultures in the world have songs for freedom, harvesting and planting season, songs to worship and praise deities, songs of war, those that mark a rite of passage, songs to encourage and many others. A song therefore should be skillfully put together in order to hit its mark and fulfill the purpose for which it was written.
The songwriter must have clarity from the start on the message that he or she is trying to convey. For the message to be passed on powerfully, it is important that the lyrics be written with skill. Words within music in particular can be an influential way to communicate. Words within music in particular can be an influential way to communicate. The main thing to consider when making these selections is the feelings that are to be reflected and drawn out of the hearer. Usually, happy songs tend to be fast and upbeat while sad ones are low and slow.
With the words and mood of the song already selected, the accompaniments in the form of musical instruments must be carefully picked as well. The reason for this is that the moods as well as feeling of the song are affected in a major way by the background accompaniment in the form or instruments. In addition to selecting the instruments, the tempo and beat of the song must be carefully considered. The rationale behind this is that they are an integral part of setting the songs mood in order to draw out the sentiments and feelings conveyed by the writer. The consequents are that the experience of the hearers with the piece of music will be dictated by this.
Fast tempo songs such as songs of celebration, songs of war or freedom songs elicit reactions such as stomping one’s feet, bobbing ones head or pumping a fist in the air. Sad songs, dirges or other songs in this genre may cause the listener to stand still or may elicit slight swaying from side to side. A song may elicit a short term, physical reaction as described. However, other songs can cause long-term change that affects decisions made and even causes the listener to change their environment. Music affects people all over the world and therefore one cannot underestimate the art of songwriting.