I know you all are probably wondering what does Albert Einstein have to do with writing hooks? Well, I just wanted to start off by saying you don’t have to be a genius to write hooks! Although things like creative block can make you feel inadequate, you don’t have to be Albert Einstein to make it happen! All you need to write hooks is what you’re already equipped with, life! Start really paying attention to what goes on in your life. The good, the bad, the ugly, the funny, the serious, the perplexity, the simplicity, etc. Really pay attention. If you do that, you’ll realize that there are song ideas naturally floating around you 24 hours a day. Now I know nobody stays up 24 hours lol, but what I mean is that song ideas are even found in your dreams. Honestly, you have an endless supply of song content right in front of your face! Think about it. The most successful songwriters 9 times out of 10 had a very eventful life. Ironically, it was the tragedies that provided them with the content to create their success.
The hook without a doubt is the strongest part of a song. Besides the production of course, this is one of the things that draws the listener in to really hear the message of the song. When you find yourself having trouble thinking of the right words to say, use this as a point of reference. You and all the millions of people you want to buy your song all have the same thing, emotions! Humans operate by emotions. So, if you can emotionally connect with your fan/supporter base through your writing, you have a winner! Everyone goes through and can relate to life! While everyone may not be able to relate exactly to what you’ve went through or are going through, there are many people out there that can! Instead of letting the trials of life weigh you down, turn those negative things into something successful. Make a song! It’s very highly somebody else out there will connect with what you have to say.
Now I understand this sounds easier than it is to actually do, but just relax, think on your life, and draw from your emotions. If you have problems finding words or getting words to rhyme, there are plenty of tools online at your disposal! One such tool is http://www.rhymezone.com which you can type in a word and find words that rhyme, synonyms, antonyms, and much more. Very useful tool. Don’t sleep on the dictionary either lol! It does wonders! Don’t worry about what others will think about your hooks. Just start doing it today. Even if they suck, keep grinding and eventually you will get better. Pick anyone who is at the top of their field and I guarantee you at one time they were terrible at it. I’m speaking from experience lol! You’ll see below.
When I first started learning how to write songs, I was terrible. Really terrible. I’ll let you hear for yourself! My absolute WORST SONG EVER (beat and lyrics included lol) was a song I did about my first car in 2005 called “94 Taurus.” Terrible right lol? Now let’s fast forward 13 years later. One of my latest and most popular examples of hooks is "Love Unconditional." If I can go from “94 Taurus” to where I am now, you can too! I’m not the best hook guy in the entire world, but my content is true to me and my emotions which has caused them to be successful sales wise. That makes all the difference! I hope this post was helpful in getting your wheels turning. Go make some hits! You can do it! Be Blessesd- Tone Jonez
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