Writing Music

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littlewhispers
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Writing Music

Post by littlewhispers » Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:58 pm

Im trying to write some songs for a novel id like to do. To help with this, I'll listen to a song, and "rewrite" the lyrics entirely to what I think they could be. This works espieclaly well if the songs in a foriegn langauge.

The lyrics are completly from my own imagination and inspiration, and Im not planning to use the actual original song, melody, instrumentals or music, just my lyrics I came up with while listening to it. The lyrics are complety new and my own invention. I'd just be using the song as a model, a template. Is it okay to do this?

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Post by AndyJ » Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:56 pm

Hi littlewhispers,
That sounds OK to me. Since no-one apart from you will know what song inspired your lyrics, they can't very well complain. What you will end up with will be entirely your own creation and so it would not infringe anyone else's rights.
Good luck with your project
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Post by littlewhispers » Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:24 pm

Lovley ^^ Im glad to hear it. obviously if I were turning it into an actual song, I couldent use the exact melody with changed words, I'd need permisson, OR I'd have to come up with an entirely new melody, cant use what inspired it. But thats not what Im doing

Alot of people suggest using this technique aswell when stuck for some writing. At most it'll be like a poem really cuz it'll only be in word format in a book. The words are all mine and thats what Im using, so I dont see how i'd be infringing anything.

Thanks for the heads up

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