One of the easiest ways to write a song is to use the melody of an existing one. For example, one of the popular songs from the ’60s is called ‘How Gentle is the Rain.’ It’s literally a melody from one of J.S. Bach’s works, Minuet in G.
You can’t take a current copyrighted song and publish it with different words. But, if it’s just for fun and not going to be sold, it can be an easy jumping start for writing a song.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a little song for friends expecting their first baby, Tim and Lisa Jang. There are both in ministry at our church. Tim is one of the pastors and Lisa heads the Women’s Ministry. In thinking about what to write in the current newsletter, I thought it might be fun to wrap it in a video and share it with you. It’s here:
You probably recognize the melody and chord structure of this popular worship song! I hope this inspires you to create new words on songs you already play. It’s fun to ‘personalize’ songs for friends and family!