Write a song featuring a summer sound | Songwriting Club

The sounds of summer hit us with bittersweet nostalgia for a fleeting time.

The thought of summer is a full sensory experience. Your mind probably fast forwards to the sight of sun-drenched outdoors, the smell of sweat and sunscreen, the taste of melting ice cream, and the shrieks of children at waterparks and boardwalks. The emotions surrounding summer can be a huge source of inspiration – you can turn foley sounds into new percussion, create a sonic representation of a memory, and seize the opportunity to create your own song of the summer.

On that note, let’s dive into this week’s Songwriting Club prompt: write a song featuring a summer sound.

Here’s my example:

I took the sound of a rollercoaster chain, warped it, and lowered the transient response to create the tops loop and foley sounds on this sketch.

Although it’s not a requirement, if you used a sound you found on Splice Sounds, let us know! If you want to use Splice Sounds in your song but don’t have an account, get your first month free with the code songwriting.

If you’re feeling proud of your tune or you’re looking for some feedback, upload it to the Splice community, SoundCloud, YouTube, Bandcamp, etc., and toss the link in the comments below. Before you share, just make sure you’re following these guidelines:

  1. Make sure your track aligns with the prompt – it should be something that you’ve specifically written in response to this blog post.
  2. No promotional posts – no links to contests, social media pages, etc.
  3. Comment on at least one other person’s song before you go – even if it seems small to you, your praise or critique can make a transformative impact on someone else’s craft.
  4. Give a quick summary of your goals for your song – asking for feedback on specific aspects (ex. the lyrics, chord progression, etc.) is also recommended!

Check back in for your next prompt on July 24th. We’re looking forward to hearing what you create!

June 26, 2020

Hannah Park Hannah Park is an engineer at Splice and a songwriter based in New York City. In her free time, she's an aspirational amateur baker.