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Songs Using Allusion: Billy Joel To Taylor Swift

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Songs Using Allusion: Billy Joel To Taylor Swift

While it’s one thing to know what an allusion is, applying it to your songwriting is easier to grasp if you can study songs using...

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Can A Three Character Song Work?

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Can A Three Character Song Work?

A three character song doesn’t work. We’ve all heard it, and if you haven’t, you will. In song feedback sessions...

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What’s a Simile In Songwriting?

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 | 0 comments

A simile is a type of “figurative language” used in creating imagery. Wait . . . figurative language and imagery aren’t...

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Point Of View (POV) Switch Exercise

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 | Comments Off on Point Of View (POV) Switch Exercise

One of the easiest ways to increase your understanding of point of view (POV) is to take a song you’ve completed and work through...

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Lyric Basics: What’s a Metaphor?

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 | 0 comments

A metaphor is a type of “figurative language” used in imagery. It’s best used to make a connection between things your...

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Verb Power

Posted by on May 5, 2016 | 0 comments

Making your songs memorable includes not only a great story, but great imagery as well. The words “jump” and...

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Parts Songs

Posted by on Jun 14, 2015 | 0 comments

You’ve heard of a parts car – so why not have parts songs? One of the best ways to give yourself permission to pull a line you...

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4 Steps To Connect Your Song Scenes

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Here are four easy steps to help you connect the verses in your song – or song scenes! Following them will help make your song more...

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Song Hook Hook-Ups!

Posted by on Mar 14, 2015 | 0 comments

As a songwriter, finding a great song hook is your bread and butter. But waiting for the light bulb moment to happen can be stressful. So...

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5 Core Elements Of Song Plot

Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 | 0 comments

What is a song plot? Sure – all songs have them, and as a songwriter you’re supposed to create compelling plots with...

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Song Prompt: Song Plot Roulette

Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 | 0 comments

A song prompt is a starter. It’s a way to get to a song vs. a song assignment. Don’t get bogged down in delivering exactly...

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Even Dialogue Songs Need A Scene

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 | 0 comments

Dialogue songs are songs that are really nothing more than direct address.  Basically, a dialogue occurs whether the listener knows it or...

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Personification In Songs

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 | 0 comments

What is personification? Personification is the endowment of inanimate objects or abstract concepts 
with animate or living qualities....

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When Is Third Person Best?

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 | 0 comments

There are certain situations that immediately point to a specific point of view to be used for your song. While you can go with another...

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Similes As Song Ideas

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 | 2 comments

Updated 11/25/14 Similes are great songwriting devices in lyrics.  But, they have dangers that are amplified when you use them as a hook....

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What’s A Pre-Chorus?

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 | 0 comments

Is the pre-chorus the same as a lift, a channel, a ramp, a climb, a refrain?  Yes, yes, yes, yes – no. While you’ve heard...

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What’s A Song Bridge For?

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 | 0 comments

How is a bridge different from a verse or a chorus?  Do you even need one in your song? Understanding all of the different song parts, or...

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What’s A Song Chorus For?

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 | 0 comments

How is a chorus different from a bridge or a verse?  Understanding all of the different song parts, or song elements, can be tricky....

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What’s A Song Verse For?

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 | 0 comments

Song parts, or song elements, are tricky. Everyone will tell you the definition of a verse, but what does that really mean when...

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Pop Song Essentials: Lyrics

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 | 0 comments

The below is taken from a chat board and is part of a much larger post.  I’ve broken it up to create an easier read and added a few...

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Workshop: Melody And Lyrics Work Together

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 | 0 comments

Melody and lyrics play a key part in: (1) differentiating your song, (2) communicating your message, and (3) creating a compelling,...

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Another Verb Power Exercise

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 | 0 comments

Susan Cattaneo gives a lot of the same tips as Pat Pattison on choosing strong verbs (she’s also at Berklee), but has a nice twist...

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“We” or “They”? Songwriter or Hater?

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 | 0 comments

Point Of View Can Kill A Song   Choose the wrong one and your song can come off as sounding judgmental, or worse, like you’re a...

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Adding Details In Lyrics Isn’t Just Brands

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 | 0 comments

Details In Lyrics Should Add – Not Just Be Often, when asked to put more detail in lyrics, the version that comes back has more...

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Songwriting Exercise: Literal Scene

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 | 0 comments

When songs are not grounded in the literal, they become opinion – something we all know is a highly individualized perspective. You...

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