Annabel would like to help all of you find your inner songwriter:
Hi everyone, it’s me, Annabel. One of the things I’ve been doing this summer is writing songs. I like to write songs because I want to be a rock star. Some of my favorite rock stars are the Beatles and Taylor Swift, and Lady Gaga and the person who sings that “Roar” song [Katy Perry]. I saw a rock star this summer, Ringo Starr, and I liked his music and how he was funny. So because of the singers I like, I decided to write my own songs, too.
I just wrote a song that’s called, “I’ll Be At Your Doorstep.” It’s about when someone comes up to your doorstep and someone else answers the door. It’s a song about friends! It’s one of my favorites.
I have some advice on how to write a song. I’ve been writing song a long time, so you should listen.
First, you warm up your voice. You go, “aaaah” at least once or twice so your voice is pretty.
Then, think about what you want your song to be about. I get really inspired by the songs I listen to. I wrote “I’ll Be At Your Doorstep” because I was thinking about my friends and how much I love being with them!
Next, start thinking about all the words I know. I thought of all the words I know about friendship, then I put them all together. I usually have someone write the words down because I can’t write very fast.
After that, record your song! I read the words and record myself singing them into my mom’s phone. Sometimes I play along on my ukulele. I don’t really know how to play it but I still use it! I will sometimes ask my dad to play on his guitar or my ukulele because he knows how to play better than I do. He helped me with “I’ll Be At Your Doorstep!” He’s pretty good at guitars and stuff.
This is me when I first got my ukulele.
I’m really hoping I can make a music video this weekend. It’s going to be a really good music video and will be all over YouTube.
My goal is to make a lot of songs and make an album. I’ll put up all the songs on Music.ly and iTunes and Spotify…you know, all the things you can listen to music on, like a computer.
I hope I have given you good advice to write really good songs. But don’t write any that are better than mine!
Thanks! Love, Annabel
Well, buy that girl a pony now because she’s clearly going to be able to test out of (at least!) English I in college. Does she seriously structure her (verbal) blogposts like this? Amazing. As an English major, I'm genuinely impressed.
Debbie A-H says:
This girl, man. What a delight.
Annie, thanks for the advice. I don’t think my talent is writing songs, but I’m so glad that you are developing your talent. (So you never have to worry about me writing a better song than you!) You keep writing and singing and anything else you want. Your fan, Debbie
I’d subscribe to that YouTube channel! Keep writing those hits, Annie.
Debbie B. says:
Annie, I can’t wait to hear “I’ll Be At Your Doorstep”. I bet it’s amazing – just like you!
Annie, you are the smartest girl I have ever known! Your parents are so lucky!I really want to hear your song! You got your talents from your very talented parents!Keep writing and singing!
Can’t wait to hear your song, Annie!
Wow, Annie! You are such a joy to listen to, even your focus to explain HOW you write a song was composed and thoughtful. So, next questions is…..
When do WE get to hear “I’ll be at your doorstep”??
Good luck in pursuing your dreams.
Annie’s eclectic blog posts are always refreshing to read! She might not read the comments on here but one day she might and she would be amazed that so many grown ups are fan of a 6 yr old!
I can’t wait to hear the song and see the video (good luck keeping up Heather!)
She is just so unbelievably smart, and talented, just like her mom & dad!
Wendy Constantinoff says:
Can’t wait to hear your songs Annie.
Love the photo.
So nice of Annie to share her musical wisdom with us, since she’s been doing it such a long time! I especially liked the vocal warmups. =)
The part about “start thinking about all the words I know” reminded me of that episode of Parks & Rec where Ron has the typewriter and types every word he can think of.