Shaun Aaron (Vocalist for Lithium Lightz) / Blog

MUSIC or LYRICS? Which is 1st?

I have often wondered how most musicians write songs. Did the music come first, the lyrics, or do they come at the same time? I have done it both ways...that is written words first and then put them to music and vice versa. But, wondering if one way is better than the other. A book is usually always better than the movie form...so maybe it does matter. For me, more often than not, the music comes first, usually tied to an emotion and then the words quickly follow as I begin to express the emotion in the form of lyrics. What's your verdict and why? Which do you think is more important...the MUSIC or the LYRICS? Or, are they equally important?

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In Fell Traitors  (over 4 years ago)

I think about that a lot. I always have better luck with lyrics first. Music first is OK but then my words sound like I'm trying to fit them in. Unfortunately I've been working lately with a basic premis, then music, then lyrics. That takes much more time and frustration.