Writing piano songs can be an enjoyable and fulfilling creative endeavor. Express your emotions by choosing a tune you enjoy playing, practicing it regularly until it comes naturally and unthinkingly!
Launch with an engaging intro that grabs their attention and builds upon it to develop melody and chord progressions.
1. Bella Ciao
“Bella Ciao” is the name of a song with its own meaning; however, this particular folk tune has gained international renown as an anthem against various forms of oppression. Translated into multiple languages and adapted musically by musicians, singers and activists around the globe – including Iranian women who began performing without wearing hijab in protest against an oppressive regime.
Bella Ciao derives its lyrics from ancient lullabies and traditional songs of Northern Italy, originally performed by female rice workers to combat back-breaking fatigue in their work. It became internationally renowned during Italy’s liberation in 1945 when Partisans adopted it as their unifying anthem.
By the 1990s, it had reached international renown. Sung by iconic artists such as Herbert Pagani, Mary Hopkin, Sandie Shaw and Manu Chao as well as used in movies like Amore mio non piangere (Love My Life Not to Sing) and Una strada in cucina, its fame had spread far.
“Bella Ciao” has become an international symbol for freedom, uniting people against injustice and dictatorship around the globe. Iranian women have taken advantage of it to break free of strict cultural expectations by revitalising this beloved folk song in public without wearing hijab for performances without penalty from authorities.
Musical adaptation of this song also adds greatly to its global popularity, along with its catchy melody which makes it easy for listeners to remember its main strophes of lyrics.
3. All My Life
Foo Fighters’ All My Life from 2002 is an emotional anthem about perseverance, making a memorable impression at concerts since its release. Florence Welch’s angelic siren voice adds even further power to this track and will leave an indelible memory in your mind’s eye.
Wedding guests love choosing this song as part of their ceremony, as its heartfelt lyrics will encourage guests to cherish and recognize their commitment. However, its darker interpretations could suggest otherwise; perhaps Grohl was writing these emotive lyrics at a difficult time in his band’s history when Hawkins was recovering from drug overdose and singer Dave Grohl had just experienced a failed marriage that inspired these lyrics.
The second chorus of All My Life has long been a source of contention among fans, as its lyrics may allude to Grohl’s propensity for oral s*x performance. But its true meaning focuses on his search for something that he has yet to find. However, All My Life remains an audience classic and has been beloved both on mainstream rock radio stations as well as alternative rock scenes with its memorable melodies and catchy lyrics making it one of Foo Fighters most recognizable tracks; often featured on lists of best piano songs!
Havana symbolizes both your heart’s desire and inner strength. You’re a natural flirt and enjoy having fun, but also appreciate life’s positive aspects. Team players tend to see you as more accommodating and passive; you also understand other people’s emotions well which makes for effective communicators.
Discover Havana’s rich culture through its many museums and restoration projects, its many puntos cubanos (a Cuban genre that blends poetry with music) and rumbas that are so beloved here.
Havana is an extremely popular name, making the top 100 names list in both 1999 and 2018, yet is less well-known than some others on this list. If you are considering giving Havana to your child, it would be beneficial to learn about its meaning, history and astrological significance before doing so – or alternatively explore what its anagrams reveal about yourself!
5. Clair de Lune
Debussy’s Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque remains one of his best-known pieces and perhaps one of the best-known piano songs ever written. First composed in 1890 and revised and refined until 1905, Debussy was an innovative French composer known for creating unique harmonic styles that moved away from classical forms towards more modern 20th-century styles and away from orchestral forms; though initially beginning his career writing orchestral music before progressing onto piano suites that remain immensely popular today.
Debussy began his piece with an airy harmonic landscape that is quite beautiful – perhaps his intention was to convey an atmosphere of moonlight with his music! This piece’s magical quality was indeed its hallmark of success.
As with any piece of music, Debussy used rubato or vibrato in his pieces to elicit emotion in listeners. Once things begin moving along in this second section, however, you’ll discover more rolling arpeggios on the left hand and hear more challenging tempo changes.
Debussy was inspired by many different sources, but this particular piece by him was directly inspired by Paul Verlaine’s poem of the same name. At that time poets were quite popular, making this period’s music very literary-based.
Notably, this piece serves as an outstanding example of ternary form – a three-part musical composition structure with its own rhythm, tempo and dynamics – demonstrating its capabilities as an effective composition tool.