Write Away Magazine Dec 2019

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Oh Say But

INSPIRATION FOR THE LYRIC

Chords and voices

Silhouettes of a livin’ Prince

Many hearts rejoices

That unto us is born a King

Excitement and noises

All around the earth and heavens fill

That golden star announces

The birth of the prince of peace

And we welcome Him with joy in our hearts

With Gold, silver and myrrh in our hands

We bow our heads for an heavenly regard

Oh say but we’re glad

Carols and praises

Every livin’ soul would sing

As our hearts embraces

A beautiful n’ wonderful gift

In chants and choruses

We will let our voices ring

With joy we celebrate

The birth of our messiah king

And we welcome Him with joy in our hearts

With Gold, silver and myrrh in our hands

We bow our heads for an heavenly regard

Oh say but we’re glad

Christmas is my favorite time of the year, it’s

the time I feel true happiness. For me, writing

a lyric during this period should come

naturally. Christmas lyrics I believe must be as

clear as possible and also very easy to relate

with. In fact, any kind of lyric must be able to

get to the target listeners.

Before I thought of writing this, I was actually

stuck with the idea of writing something

related to the significant signs we see when the

Christmas season sets in. I knew what I wanted

to do, but I had to pend it because I myself

wouldn’t be able to relate with most parts of

the lyric. There’s no way we could talk about

Christmas season signs without snow. So far it

was a decent write and Christmas lovers in the

US would easily relate with it. But then, I never

felt any life in it. It took me awhile to realise

what the problem was. Then I had to go back

to my creative realm, tried to brainstorm ideas

but I was my own critic.

I said to myself, “C’mon you’re not trying to

impress anyone y’know”. I got a good pointer

at what I should actually be thinkin’ about. I

had gone through an article “Tips for writing a

Christmas song” sometime ago, and there was

a point that got me out of my so-called problem.

The writer said “a Christmas song must

be true...” Boom! I got what I needed.

All I had to do was look at my immediate

environment and write a song about the things

that I’ve really experienced. This inspired me

30 www.writeawaymagazine.co.uk

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