I have always been more of a melodic guy rather than lyrical. When I hear a song for the first time, it comes down to the melody to charm me. Maybe that’s because I’m from Iceland and English is my second language, but I still feel the same way with Icelandic songs. However, even if I like the melody, the lyrics also have to make sense for the song to become a favorite. The beauty of music is that both the melody and lyrics are ways for the songwriters to express their emotions.
When I write a song, I always come up with the melody first. I press record on my computer, play some chords on my guitar and sing a melody with lyrics that make no sense. I try to create a melody that reflects the way I really feel at that time. Afterwards, I write lyrics that fit the mood of the moment.
Luckily, I am full of joy most of the time and therefore, some of the tunes are full of happiness. I find that music helps me even more whenever I’m down, because I can collect all of my feelings into one song and just spit it all out.
Only once have I been heartbroken; I was 20 years old, and it felt like my life was over. After a few weeks, I sat down with my guitar to try and get rid of all those distracting emotions. It was as if I fell into a trance, because both the melody and the words just came to me. I had an old PC laptop in front of me that could only record one minute at a time, but I just kept hitting the rec button and five minutes later I had a song; a song that said everything that was going through my mind. The song is called “To Her” because the words were directed to the girl that made me feel this way.