to write cheerful songs.
That's dangerous territory. There's a high risk of devolving into cloyingly sweet tripe of the type propagated by Barney, Rafi, and whatever children's "artists" are currently working. Kids may love it. Everyone else will want to murder you slowly.
What is the source your cheer? If it stems from a need to sugarcoat everything as an attempt to stave off internal desperation then the end product will be similarly corrupted. Where does real cheer, true mirth come from? Not denial, but acceptance, love and understanding. Maybe read up on Buddhism? It seems to me to be the least maladjusted of the major religions. And perhaps the most sane.
i want to include at least 1 song on my band's album that doesn't make people say to me "oh wow, did you do that..? it's um... yeah. yeah the guitars are good... it's not really my thing, a bit depressing... yeah..." whilst backing away slowly.
i can only write depressing songs. but the cheerful song only has to sound cheerful, the lyrics will be dark.
so you want advice on how to make the music cheerful? I don't know much about music but aren't there certain methods for making music evoke certain emotions. I thought I heard something about how humans have a natural affinity for concordance or something like that. I heard about this song using change of key to give a sad feeling.
In the part where the woman sings 'from major to minor' the music does the same, reinforcing the lyrics. Which brings up the question if your lyrics are depressing why is the music cheerful? But anyways, would switching from minor to major would do the opposite and give an uplifting quality to the music?
i can only write depressing lyrics, no matter what mood i'm in or how i start out. and yeah, the musical theory behind it is simple, i just can't make anything work that is happy
Maybe try and find a list of cheerful songs that you like and listen to them a bunch?
or maybe you should turn that frown upside down.
Professor Dr. Scientist;5241122or maybe you should turn that frown upside down.
i think it's this that i need to do.