Composing : Lyricist by Rosalind Winton

Rosalind Winton


If anyone needs a lyricist to write a lyric for a theme song for a film, I would be very interested. I've been writing lyrics for over 30 years, enjoying lovely achievements such as hearing my songs performed live on stage, I've won an Outstanding award at the Chichester music festival for a song and a Merit award at the Portsmouth music festival for another song, which has also been aired on the radio and recorded onto a piece of film. I have written lyrics for school plays, including brand new lyrics for The Wizard Of Oz and a new original play for primary children. I have written for solo artists and studio recordists, musical theatre projects and more. You can hear some of my songs from a few of my projects here where I have three videos and four audio files... - it would be so wonderful to write something for film, one of my biggest ambitions. Thank you. Rosalind Winton

Joel Irwin

While it is always challenging to 'generalize' anything in the entertainment business, getting sung music placed in a film generally comes in two ways - (1) most often, a previously published track is licensed by a music supervisor. There are many sources for a music supervisor to draw from and beyond the discussion here but I would suggest you put your music in one or more places that they might look at online - preferably a location that does NOT have an up front charge. Most sites will split the income 50-50 with the placer (often the songwriter/lyricist). I keep my vocal music and some other material on a site, The material on this site (though again it is not the only one), is looked at by most major studios - film and tv. (2) custom create a song specifically for a film. The higher the film budget, the more likely the person tasked to create the music will be the hired composer. On low budget indie films or no-buget ones, it could be anyone - a band the filmmaker knows, a singer/songwriter, a personal friend....

Commercial music is often rock or pop oriented though almost any genre will work and the instrumentation and production is often the same as people buy in the music world. Though I have heard that a vast majority of the music licensed on sites like are heavy band instrumentation vocal music. Though another very popular type of music in demand for licensing are 'sounds like' music. Music Supervisors often want a particular song or 'sound' but find what they want is too expensive to license so they go about trying to find a less expensive piece of music with the same sound/character (which doesn't infringe, of course :) ).

So if you are working with someone to place music in films, you can work with someone who writes music targeted towards the commercial music market. Or you may work with a composer who is scoring a film in which case, the music style written will likely sound very much like and fit in with the other music in the soundtrack - often meaning the backing instrumentation may be the same for the vocal piece.

Now comes the horn tooting section :)

About two months ago I posted this:

Here are two examples of songs I collaborated with a lyricist who was also the singer. The first has a fully orchestrated backing and the second is just piano.

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