Dos and Don’ts for Writing Bluegrass Gospel Lyrics

Dos and Don’ts for Writing Bluegrass Gospel Lyrics

Dos and Don’ts for Writing Bluegrass Gospel Lyrics

There is truly one golden rule when writing bluegrass gospel lyrics, and that’s to share God’s message to you through your song. But if you want to be more technical then here are a couple of dos and don’ts to keep in mind.

Do mind your language.

That means ensuring your songs are strictly for “general patronage”. Anything overtly suggestive, salacious, offensive, discriminatory, or anti-religious will naturally be frowned upon. This is a gospel song. Even if freedom of expression still applies, you have to keep your target market in mind and what their preferences are. These are basically praise and worship songs, which are definitely not synonymous to anything negative in nature.

Don’t limit yourself to trends.

Let’s say that most gospel songs released nowadays talk about human nature, prayers, and being in commune with the Holy Spirit. Certainly, you can use the same themes when writing bluegrass gospel lyrics but only if that’s truly what you want to do.

Your first and foremost priority should still be the message inside your heart and which is clamoring to be heard. Trends are only secondary. Even if you follow trends, it’s not a guarantee that your song will be well-received. You’re likely to enjoy success if listeners hear for themselves that the song and lyrics were produced with genuine love.

Do revise more than once.

There are certainly rare instances when you are working at such an inspired level that you get everything perfectly at the first try. But even so, it wouldn’t hurt to review your work multiple times and see if there is something that could be improved.

Don’t consider your judgment alone.

Show your work to other people, preferably those whose opinions you don’t only trust but respect as well. If they have a background on music then so much the better! Consider aspiring gospel singers or lyricists like yourself. Look for music critics or even those who are taking up music as their majors.

Learning what others have to say could give you priceless feedback and help you see your lyrics from another perspective.

Don’t take everything other people have to say to heart.

But at the same time, develop a thick skin and learn to take other people’s words with a grain of salt. It’s impossible to please everyone so there may be a time that you’d encounter someone who completely thinks your work is garbage.

It’s during these times that your faith in your own work matters. If you know you’ve done a good job then that’s all that’s important.

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