Song Prompt #3

Liturgical Calendar

First Sunday of Lent

Mass Readings

Dt 26:4-10, Ps 91, Rom 10:8-13, Lk 4:1-13

Saint(s) of the Day

Saint Colette, Saint Basil

Reflections & Song Idea

Today’s Gospel reading is the story about Jesus spending 40 days in the desert and being tempted by the devil. Jesus perfectly rebukes the devil and is not lured by the temptations. Perhaps the song you write this week is about temptation, the times you succeeded in being strong or maybe a time when you were weak and what you did afterwards to repair your relationship with God.

The first reading is from Deuteronomy. Moses is describing how after many trials, the people of Israel were given the land of milk and honey and then made sacrifices to God with the firstfruits. Maybe your song can be about making sacrifices to give thanks to God for the good things He’s done for you.

The psalm reading for today is asking for God’s help when you are in trouble. Maybe your song can be a story about someone who trusts in the Lord for strength to get through hard times.

And the second reading is about calling on the Lord with your mouth and with your heart. Maybe you can use your song to do both of these things.

The Song Form

Because it is the first Sunday of Lent, the song form chosen for this song is a slow ballad in a minor key. Your lyrics can be introspective, but they don’t necessarily have to be sad and sullen. And they should never be despairing.

The real key to writing a melody and lyrics to a slow song is to try to be creative and not write something that is trite or stale. When coming up with a melody, try starting on different notes of the key, in this case it is D minor. Try starting something different on each one of these notes: D, E, F, G, A, B♭, and C.

This song form is just to get you started. Feel free to use it as is or change the chords, rhythm, time signature, or key. The song you write should be your own, and this form is just to get you started.


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