How often have you heard, “Here is a new song I just wrote, or The Grammy goes to songwriter so and so?” A songwriter is an individual who writes both the lyrics and music to a song. Don’t get me wrong I am not saying the person doesn’t deserve to be recognized for his work. My issue is that they are being called the songwriter. The word Write by definition, is to trace or form (characters, letters, words, etc.) on the surface of some material, as with a pen, pencil, or other instrument or means; inscribe: Write your name on the board. I am even taking into consideration it could be written in an email.
If the person who created the song can’t do these things wouldn’t it be more appropriate to say that person made up a song or some other way of describing it than saying they WROTE it?
I personally know of several award winning songwriters who can’t write and 90% of the songs they created are in their brain and not on paper. Furthermore a song consists of 2 parts. The lyrics and the melody.
Award winning songwriters when asked if they can read sheet music have to admit that they can’t and this goes for award winning instrumentalists who can’t read sheet music and thus play by ear.
I want these creative people to continue to receive awards for their works. I just am simply trying to find a solution to the labeling of them as songwriters with the issue being on the writer part of the word.
– The Music City Ghost [File#2018/08]