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Kenny Chesney “American Kids”

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 | 2 comments

I once heard someone say there are three kinds of songs: Ballads, Dancers and Anthems. This one is definitely an anthem. “American...

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‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ (II)

Posted by on Dec 27, 2013 | 0 comments

Part 2 of the post Song Science: ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ (I) Written by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves...

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“Mama’s Broken Heart” (I)

Posted by on Dec 27, 2013 | 0 comments

Three terrific songwriters: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves took an age-old story line (mother / daughter “you...

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Rhyme Families: Your Secret Weapon

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 | 0 comments

Using rhyme families effectively can help you not only move through a song, but add nuances to the rhythm, melody and feel or tone...

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Keith Urban & Mary Gauthier: Drinking Songs

Posted by on May 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Mary Gauthier’s “I Drink”, and “Nobody Drinks Alone,” written by Matraca Berg and Jim Collins (recorded by...

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Rhyme Patterns

Posted by on Mar 21, 2009 | 2 comments

I think understanding rhyme and rhyme patterns is one of the best ways to increase your songwriting ability. To me, rhyme is one of the...

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Adele “Chasing Pavements”

Posted by on Feb 1, 2009 | 1 comment

A recent comment on the blog got me thinking. The comment was downplaying the songwriter’s lyrics, mentioning they sounded as if...

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Paula Cole: Poetic Meter & Rhythm

Posted by on Jan 22, 2009 | 2 comments

William Carlos Williams once said, “measure is all.” Ezra Pound insisted in 1915 that “rhythm must have meaning.”...

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