How to Write a Love Song
Love makes people do funny things, like make mixed tapes or sing silly love songs. Why not join in the fun this Valentine's Day by writing your very own love song? In this activity, your child can rewrite the lyrics to his favorite love song to sing to a loved one as a heartfelt Valentine's Day gift. Writing lyrics is a good way to spark his interest in music while giving his creative writing chops a boost!
If your child rolls his eyes at the idea of writing a love song, reassure him that it doesn't have to be sappy! Here are a few classic and contemporary love songs to get you started: "You're the One That I Want" by John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, " Wild Thing" by The Troggs, "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay, "No One" by Alicia Keys, or "Bleeding Heart" by Leona Lewis.
What You Need:
- Lyrics to your child's favorite love song (you can find lyrics to most songs on the Internet)
What You Do:
- Print a copy of the lyrics to your chosen song for your child to use as reference during this activity.
- Let your child listen to the song a few times. Once he gets into the groove and is in tune with the original song, he can try his hand at composing new lyrics.
- Now it's time to write! Have your child rewrite the song in his own words. He doesn't have to substitute every single word, but he should change enough to make it his own. Suggest that he write the song with a certain someone in mind such as mom, dad, or a grandparent. Encourage him to refer to that person by name and express the reasons why he loves him or her.
- When he's finished writing, have your child test his vocal chops by singing his new and improved version for you. After a bit of rehearsal, encourage your child to sing the song to the person he wrote it for. You can even print a copy to give him or her as a Valentine's Day keepsake.