Tag: Songwriting

The Making of a Love Song


As many of you know, I am also a musician and many of my poems eventually find their way into a song.  This past few days God has impressed on me to stop writing and singing about all the bad things I went through and start writing and singing about the good things – like love.  I have to laugh. Seriously, I am on marriage #4 and this is it for me.  I have found true love. The kind you read about in fairy tales, and in the Bible.  And truthfully, neither one of us ever want to go through a divorce again – ever. We’ll either work it out or shoot each other, but were going up and down together! Thank God Jesus is in the boat!

I have a lot of bad relationships. Maybe you have too. So.  Write about the good huh? The girl who got dumped, cheated on, lied to, left, abused…writing a love song? God cracks me up sometimes.  Ok, here we go…


One of the classes I went to at a Music Workshop taught us about Song Writing.  The Teacher was an actual English Teacher who has a pretty big following in the Singer/Songwriter scene. But I had to review my English class.  She spoke about metaphors. I kind of forgot what that was.  Her simple answer was something that represents something else. For example. You could pick a dress. You could write a happy song about a wedding dress, or a sad song about a black dress, or a tear jerker about finding someone else’s dress, etc.  People will take the object you sing about and transfer their feelings to the object. Then you have a song that appeals to many people at the same time.  For example I have written about Shoelaces, Garbage bags,  Cold Tile Floors, Street signs, etc.


Ok, back to the ideas. She said to pick an object. Now write down a bunch of words that describe that object. For me, today I chose the ocean. I also used words like waves – tidal – Etc. And also use expressive adjectives. Then the fun part. Pick something opposite or unrelated. I picked flame, and connect them. I used love.


Osmosis was the name of the song my friend wants lyrics too. I had to look that word up again too, lol! Funny how much you forget!


a process by which molecules of a solvent tend to pass through a semipermeable membrane from a less concentrated solution into a more concentrated one, thus equalizing the concentrations on each side of the membrane.
2.the process of gradual or unconscious assimilation of ideas, knowledge, etc.


Now as far as rhyming schemes and syllable count, that varies depending in who you talk to. I went with a simple A-A-B-A for the verses. The chorus and bridge can be different.  Some people start with lyrics, some with music, some with melody lines. I’m a word girl so I started with lyrics. Actually, I wrote this to go to a friends tune.


So, here’s a rough idea of a love song I wrote today. This is just a first cut. I always have to be open to change when I do this. (And no t, I haven’t matched my syllables yet, lol! T is an amazing songwriter too)


Picture yourself and your beloved at the ocean. A bit of a change for me – very out of the box. (For you Bob!)


Ocean (Photo credit: ouistitis)


Copyright 2014 Diana Rasmussen


Love in motion
Tidal emotions
Heartbeat pulses
Rythmic oceans


Increase the concentration
Excitement can’t contain
Passion permeates
It’s flowing through our veins


Come a little closer
We’re going over
Beloved Wave
Osmosis flame



Ms. D Made it to the TOP 40!

Yep, One big songwriting competition every year – hundreds of musicians and songs…

Every year Broadjam offers a Competition that is judged by our peers.

This year I made it into the TOP 40!  We have one week until we find out who makes the TOP 20…I’m biting my nails already, lol.

I am grateful, and blessed.  Alot of these musicians are my friends.  Broadjam is a great place to meet other musicians and get feedback on your music.  I would recommend this site to any musician.  You can sign up for free!

From Wickpedia:

Broadjam is a US-based music community website, founded in September 1999. The service is aimed primarily at independent musicians. Users can interact with other artists, enter contests, and collaborate with peers through email, reviewsblogs and other social networking tools. Broadjam also works with related industries to provide various licensing opportunities, including placement in filmsTV showsadvertising campaigns andvideo gamesradio play and professional reviews.

Broadjam claims to be one of the world’s largest web communities catering to independent musicians.The site has an online database of over 500,000 searchable songs and is home to approximately 110,000 artists from all over the world.

The company was founded by Roy Elkins with assistance from Stephanie Essex Elkins, a former corporate sales and marketing executive,classical singer, and classical music radio deejay, with the intention to provide promotional services for unsigned musicians. The company is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Roy was formerly the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Sonic Foundry.

Broadjam offers a variety of services for artists to gain exposure and feedback. Musicians make up the bulk of the site’s membership. Broadjam also offers template-based hosting services to help members create their own website.

Broadjam holds a variety of sponsored contests that aim to expose and reward exceptional musicianship and songwriting. Broadjam hosts a “Song of the Month” contests every month. Artist reviews and a scoring system based on “Good”, “Better”, or “Best” are used to determine a winner.

Members can submit their songs for radio play, professional reviews, or placement in films, TV shows, commercials, and video games.

Music supervisors for film and television can utilize Broadjam to provide music for feature films, TV shows and commercials.

Members are able to give one another feedback through a reviewing mechanism by choosing to review songs in a specific genre or simply review random songs from the entire site. The highest rated songs are presented in the Broadjam “Top 10s”. Broadjam has over 200 different Top 10 charts sortable by genre, region, production style and reviewer demographics. All Top 10s are based on a number of factors such as song plays, downloads, reviews and star ratings, all of which is calculated daily.

Broadjam offers hosting services to premium members. The service allows artists to host their existing sites or create one using templates.

Artists have the option to mark songs for download in the MP3 file format. Members can browse the Broadjam library by genre, region, production, or based on “fan picks”.

Here are the prizes:

Broadjam Blogs – The 7th Can.

How The Contest Works

The Broadjam 6-Pack Songwriting Competition consists of six individual songwriting challenges, each with its own unique theme. You can make as many submissions to as many challenges as you’d like and you can track the progress of the competition by following the 6-Pack Leaderboard (which is updated hourly) and the progress of your own submissions as well.

The results are determined by the participants and other paid Broadjam members. For any given challenge, you will be presented with sets of three random songs submitted to that challenge. You then listen to all three songs and rank them on a “Good, Better, Best” scale.

The finals are about acknowledging the 40 songwriters who consistently submitted successful songs to the competition.

Custom prize packages will be awarded to multiple winners in each category. The overall top 20 will move on to the finale.

Steinberg Finals

  • After the 6-Pack Songwriting Competition is complete the Top 40 songwriters will advance to the Steinberg Finals. This group will then be cut down to the Top 20 songwriters through peer review and will advance to the final elimination rounds.