The Six of Spades invites you to write a song based on a message or moral lesson. This is a tricky assignment, because people instinctively stiffen and back away as soon as they sense that you're trying to teach or preach or sell them something. Yet there are many well-loved songs that are built around a moral lesson.
Look at your own music collection and find some message-based songs. How did the songwriters do it? And how did you react to the song's lesson?
Here are three tips that will help you avoid sounding preachy:
- Keep it light-hearted. Use a light, easy touch.
- Keep it personal. Tell what you know and believe from personal experience.
- Tell an engaging story, one that perfectly illustrates your message.
- Don't be late. Don't keep people waiting.
- You must follow your heart, even if people don't understand.
- It's worth an extra effort to make love last.
- Let's all stop global warming.
- Your choices have consequences that you have to live with.
- Hatred and violence are bad.
- You'll do better if you're realistic about your situation.
- Everyone has the potential to be a star.
- Don't burn the bridges after you cross them.
- Spending less money boosts your bottom line just as much as earning more money.
- Don't wait for something fun to happen. It's up to you to make it happen.
- Everyone deserves a second chance.