Most people think a powerful song or a well written song must have a flow that’s pleasing to the ear and essentially in 4/4 time. If you are writing a power pop radio ready song an easy flowing highly structured 4/4 beat is absolutely the way to go. However, don’t fret if you are off the beaten path. If you’re one of those people that would rather hear ZZ Top sing andquot;Sports Sunglassesandquot; and you’d like to hear it at 160 beats
per minute played over top of blast beats and heavily distorted guitars you’ll still find your audience. Be true to the music that moves you and it will be true to your audience. Trying to force the lyrics about how much you hate the drummer that stole your girl into a 4/4 stringed quartet ballad is fail if that’s just not you. If you write aggressive music, then write aggressive music. You’ll get used to people walking away shaking their head in disbelief.
A great song is in the eye of the beholder and to the right listener your song could be the next must have single.
The sole reason a song becomes one of those timeless classics isn’t the structure of the song or the genre that it gets classified in. It’s the feelings that the song provokes inside of people that makes it an instant classic. When you feel in the mood to write, take a few days and get inspiration from the songs that move you. When you’re ready to put paper to pen you’ll find the process much more relaxing, productive and fruitful.