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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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Momentum In Your Lyric: Part 2

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 | 0 comments

CONTINUED FROM: Momentum In Your Lyric Part 1   In this article we’ll take a look at the Chorus and Bridge rhyme patterns....

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Momentum In Your Lyrics: Part 1

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 | 0 comments

What Is Momentum In A Lyric? There’s nothing worse than a lyric that should be zipping through the song and for some reason –...

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Writing Lyrics Using Objects Around You

Posted by on Oct 24, 2009 | 0 comments

Object Writing Inspiration is sometimes a hard thing to come by. To help move things along, try challenging yourself with an...

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Melody And The Lyric

Posted by on May 25, 2009 | 0 comments

Your melody is one of the most important components of your song. It can separate your song from the sea of songs out there. It’s...

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Setting A Scene With A Moment

Posted by on Apr 5, 2009 | 0 comments

In addition to co-writing Trace Adkins hits “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” Jamey Johnson won a CMA Award for co-writing George...

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Setting a Strong Scene

Posted by on Apr 5, 2009 | 0 comments

One of the most important elements of a song is setting the scene. The scene can either be a physical place, or a point-in-time, but as a...

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A Song Title Should Give You Options

Posted by on Mar 21, 2009 | 2 comments

  A song title is one of the most important parts of your song. I usually try and give myself as much flexibility as possible when...

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What’s a Song Hook?

Posted by on Mar 15, 2009 | 0 comments

Updated 10/5/14 Is a hook the same as your song’s title?  What makes a hook strong versus just another line? How should you be...

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First Lines Of Songs: Your First Hook

Posted by on Mar 1, 2009 | 0 comments

First Lines Of Songs Are Your First Hook! The first line of a song is probably one of the most important things you’ll write when...

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Song Idea: Making The Same Different (III)

Posted by on Feb 22, 2009 | 0 comments

Song Idea Finale   Now that we’ve looked at several aspects of both the song and the poem, we’ll put together the final...

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Song Idea: Making The Same Different (II)

Posted by on Feb 15, 2009 | 0 comments

Song Analysis Of The Song Idea!   I used the Song Analysis exercise to get a better handle on what is going on in the song and the...

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Song Idea: Making The Same Different (I)

Posted by on Feb 7, 2009 | 0 comments

Song Idea – Is It An Idea?   One of your biggest challenges as a songwriter is finding an original angle on a song idea. In his...

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Third Person Point Of View

Posted by on Jan 18, 2009 | 0 comments

Third person point of view, or omniscient, is the most distance the speaker/singer can have from the action with exception of going to the...

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Direct Address Point of View

Posted by on Jan 10, 2009 | 0 comments

  What Is Direct Address? Also called second person, direct address is about a direct conversation between the “I” and...

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First Person Point Of View

Posted by on Jan 10, 2009 | 0 comments

Point of view (POV) is the perspective from which a story is being told. It can change the sentiment of the story, as well as the mood and...

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