Sophia Bennett’s new book ‘Love Song’ is bound to be a hit with anyone who loves themselves a boy band, or music, or jolly good story telling.
When new assistant Nina is tasked with looking after the four spoiled but totally FAF rock stars what could possibly go wrong? Here at MP! we think she should write her own love song. About boys. And their poor judgement.
And now you can too! The author herself gives us five tips for writing that tip-top heart squeezer of a song:
You will need …
- A guitar, ukulele (small and fun to learn on), piano or phone app. Also, if you’re not a natural at writing tunes, a friend or two to hum and help you out. Even Lennon had McCartney – just saying. Your early efforts don’t have to be very good. You just have to enjoy messing about with music.
- For the lyrics, a very beautiful notebook. Or a phone app. Or the back of an envelope or even a scrap of paper. In ‘Love Song’, the boys use pizza boxes, as that’s all they have to hand. I wrote the love songs in the book on scraps of paper I found in the bathroom, which is where I happened to be when inspiration struck. But there’s nothing quite like a very beautiful notebook. This is your excuse for buying one.
- A great record collection, to give you inspiration. Of course there’s iTunes and YouTube. Vinyl records are coming back and I’m so glad – Nina falls in love with the crackly, atmospheric way they sound in ‘Love Song’. Hopefully you have a friend or relative who’s into music. (I had my Uncle Anthony, who I’m forever grateful to.) Be nice to them! Borrow their stuff whenever you can. Listen and learn.
- Feelings. You already have those, right? So sit down, get comfy and tap into them. What makes you angry, nostalgic, joyful, scared? Write it down, in short lines. Play with words. Be as painfully honest as you can. See what happens.
- About half an hour. Novels and poems can take weeks, months and years, but it’s amazing how many great songs have been written in the time it takes to watch ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’. So if you’re in love, or you’ve ever been (and by the way, family, pets and friends count here – love is love, after all), what are you waiting for?
Little-known fact: The Beatles’ song ‘Yesterday’ is one of the most played and recorded songs of all time. Originally it was called ‘Scrambled Eggs’, because Paul McCartney had a nice tune and those were the first words he could think of to go with it. Don’t worry if you don’t get it perfectly right first time!
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