"To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist." - Robert Schumann

Your Lyrical Legacy

The Legacy of Others

As lyricists, we have a unique opportunity to leave a legacy with what we write. You probably have at least a few lyricists that you look up to, that have impacted you in some way through their lyrics. Several well-known lyricists have died in over the past year. LyricFind tracked web searches for the lyrics of these artists after their death and found a huge increase in the number of searches for their lyrics.

Your Legacy

The people in the article above are gone, their legacy is finished, it can’t be changed. You are standing on this side of death, you can still add on to your lyrical legacy. You can work backward from where you want to be to where you are and create a path to get there.

Where to Start

So where should you start? Figure out what motivates you to write lyrics. Is that in line with how you want people to remember you? If not, what can you change to line the two up? Continue working through the following question: What impact do you want your lyrics to have? Do the same for every album and every song. Before you start writing an album, document why you’re writing it. Before you start writing a song, write your why. Keep that in front of you. Having that why constantly in front of you will help keep you motivated and help you leave the legacy you want to leave.

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