After the media launch, I have received quite a number of emails and enquiries regarding my lyrics course. I was really really touched, actually, to know that there are still so many friends interested in writing lyrics.. especially when there is a common mispreception of Singaporeans having very bad language skills.
I have looked through most of the lyrics sent to me, and read through carefully what your concerns are. Here are some hints to you. (And for those who have learnt from me, here's a reminder to you too!)
1) You can scribble all you want and hope that one day someone will write a melody to your lyrics.
But this industry does not work in this direction. Melody comes first. Therefore you will have to learn how to Tian Ci (fill in the words) to a melody.
Thats why lyrics writing can be taught.
2) Lyrics with exotic scenery descriptions and cheem words is not equals to good lyrics. Feelings are more important. (this applies to some of my dear students who still think that writing like Vincent Fang will definitely make you a good lyricist)
Sometimes,usage of simple words which can convey the message more accurately is more effective.
3) Lyrics are like diaries, something for you to express and document a relationship or a past. BUt it is NOT a complaint letter. Self pity and whinniness puts your audience off.
4) Attitude is very important. You can have very good language skills, but it doesnt mean you will make a good lyricist. A good lyricist comes from Practice! Practice! Practice! and should be able to take lots of criticism.
So Aspired lyricist! Take note!