#1
Hello UG,

I need some advice in taking my songwriting in a different direction.Most of the songs I have written have been pretty negative.I want to write something thats a posotive hit and crowd pleasing song.Im still dealing with emotional problems from a break up in a serious relationship and thats what my music has been reflecting.Any Ideas, advice, or song topics is much appreciated.Thanks
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#2
I say if you're feeling it, do it. I'm in a similar place with my (ex)girlfriend and I've been writing downer after downer but it's really flowing.

If you want to write something positive, go find something to be positive about. Then you can write about it.
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#3
What are you 17-18. I know feelings can be pretty intense at that age but you can let it go. Focus on the brighter things.

Get out and have fun, have adventure, meet new people, make new friends, stay away from a serious girlfriend for a while and have FUN. Make sure your friends are positive and it will help rub off on you, exercise daily, and eat healthy.

All those things will give you positive energy and self confidence. Then you just harness the positive energy and self confidence to make a song that expresses your new mood.

I know it might seem like a tough time right now but what are you 17-18? It's an intense time - don't waste too much of that intensity on pitiful emotions be sure to experience the good times just as intensely. Also it's a good time to learn how to heal a broken heart.
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#4
Breakups and tragedies often make great songs. First you can write your down-in-the-dumps song if you like, but as you recover and see the positives (and you will recover) you'll start to see the good things that happened from it. And then you can write a song about that. I Will Survive anybody?
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#5
I find a great way to boost certian emotions for writing is to read a book or watch a movie that primarily leaves people feeling that certian way. for me a great movie to put me in a good mood for happier stuff is finding nemo (it has such a happy ending that I usually end up in a good mood) and for darker things (I also pull from pixar I go weith just that one scene from toy story 3 when the main charaters accept their death, up till a few seconds before they are rescued.

but you can do it with books to read something like the hobbit for good mood things, it's pretty up beat and whimsical, then you can read the lord of the rings to go darker. I know I didn't give a huge range of things for you to choose from but anything that gives you a specific feeling helps.

also you could do some sort of charity work and then use that as inspiration for a song...

anyways I hope this helps you to write a good song!
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Just as long as you didn't pull any emotions from Cars, because that movie was crap!
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#7
Watching some satirical/comical music can help a lot when you're trying to look at things in a different light. Tim Minchin can take a very serious issue and throw a major key on it and make it light-hearted and entertaining.

While you don't need to make a comedy song or anything, you can really turn the tone around on a subject and make even a break-up song relatively up-beat and catchy.
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Just as long as you didn't pull any emotions from Cars, because that movie was crap!

I agree it's the only pixar movie I didn't like at all, but no its pretty much finding nemo/monsters inc/ and toy story
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