So, I'm going to attempt to write a hymn. Here is my first try at lyrics.
I love thee, Lord, and thank thee,
Thank thee for my blessings abundant.
Grateful for joy, for peace, and to be free.
I worship thee, Lord, and praise thee,
Praise thee for thine atoning sacrifice.
Thankful that thou died for all and for me.
I adore thee, Lord, and need thee,
Need thee to show me thy way.
Needful of thy grace, Spirit, and mercy.
So . . . I have no idea what key to put it in, whether to write a chorus, or how I'm going to figure out parts for 4-part harmony, but lyrics are one step in the write direction! I'm thinking 4/4, but I don't even know that either. Right now, I have it plotted to have each line of text take up 10 beats. So, to make it fit 4/4 or 3/4 (I'm not going to touch any others!) I'd have to stretch some of the words out even more, or shrink I suppose.
Any suggestions? Any advice? On the lyrics or on how to compose music? Do you know of helpful websites that teach why it would be better to choose C major versus . . . E major or something? I'm going to stay away from minor I think. I'm so ignorant. Sigh.