How to Write a Good Song: The Multiples of Four Rule

We’ve already talked about the importance of structure to write a good song. There’s another very very simple rule you can follow to write a good song. It still concerns structure in some way, but doesn’t really have a name; I call it the Multiples of Four rule. 

Music isn’t written as one really long stream of notes. It’s divided in chunks called bars (or measures). A bar groups a certain number of beats together; most pop music today sounds like 1-2-3-4 and is generally in 4/4. Without going too much into the theory of music, the point is that you need to be able to count the bar in order to identify how many bars there are before a change occurs in the song. 

Spoiler alert: there is a change every 4, 8, 16, etc. bars (multiples of four!) 

#FridayFive: Top Songs By Sigur Rós

Sigur ros album

Remember when I told you I lost the tickets to see Sigur Rós? Wouldn’t it be so great if I told you I found them just in time for the concert?
Yeah…that didn’t happen, obviously. What did happen though is that Mr. Songwriter (a.k.a. the best boyfriend in the world) saw how upset I was and bought me new tickets.
And Karma clearly exists, since his lovely action was rewarded by some random idiot stealing his bike. We haven’t exactly had the best of luck lately.
Anyway, on to Sigur Rós. I was so incredibly grateful for the tickets! The concert was nothing short of amazing.

#FridayFive: Why You Need to See Sigur Rós Live (Especially in 2017)

Even if you aren’t a super huge Sigur Rós fan, I’ve never seen any other band captivate and mesmerize an audience as they do in their live performance. They put on an enchanting rock-slash-orchestral show, merging the various instruments to create a truly magical experience, an incredible feat for a trio of musicians. They don’t often go on extensive tours, so it really is worth seeing them when they do.