Songs have been known to exist from time immemorial and are found in every culture. Songs captivate the attention of the audience and move the listener to respond with some action or other causing songwriting to be considered a very powerful art.
Many cultures in the world have songs for freedom, harvesting and planting season, songs to worship and praise deities, songs of war, those that mark a rite of passage, songs to encourage and many others. For a song to hit the mark and to fulfill its purpose or the reason why it was written, it must be skillfully arranged.
To begin with, the songwriter must know the message they are trying to pass on. To convey this message powerfully it is therefore important to create the lyrics skillfully. Words within music in particular can be an influential way to communicate.
Words within music in particular can be an influential way to communicate. The feelings that are to be conveyed as well as brought out of the writer are the main consideration when selecting these. Sad songs tend to be low and slow while fast, upbeat songs are usually happy ones.
With the words and mood of the song already selected, the accompaniments in the form of musical instruments must be carefully picked as well. The reason is that the instruments that are selected as background accompaniment greatly affect the feeling as well as mood of the song.
In addition to selecting the instruments, the tempo and beat of the song must be carefully considered. The rationale behind this is that they are an integral part of setting the songs mood in order to draw out the sentiments and feelings conveyed by the writer. This will in turn dictate the musical experience of the listeners.
Fast tempo songs such as songs of celebration, songs of war or freedom songs elicit reactions such as stomping one’s feet, bobbing ones head or pumping a fist in the air. Sad songs, dirges or other songs in this genre may cause the listener to stand still or may elicit slight swaying from side to side. A physical reaction that is just for a short period may be elicited by a song.
Conversely, some songs may get the listener to enact long-term change in their lives by affecting their decision making and causing them to change the environment around them. Music affects people all over the world and therefore one cannot underestimate the art of songwriting.