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Direct Address: Writing “You” Songs Not About You!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 | 0 comments

Direct address is a great way to remove yourself from the song story.  Wait . . . What?! I know, it sounds counter-intuitive, but your...

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5 Steps To Song Creation Success

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 | 0 comments

How can we make songwriting easier? Change your perspective before you start writing! Songs are really just scenes strung together –...

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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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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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The Parts Of A Song

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 | 0 comments

Updated 2/20/16 The parts of a song are important to understand because they are the skeleton you’ll drape words and music on it to...

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Song Structure Made Easy

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 | 0 comments

Song structure is tricky. It seems simple enough, but then you start writing your song, and it doesn’t really seem to want to go...

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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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Song Elements Overview

Posted by on Feb 3, 2009 | 0 comments

Updated 11/1/14 Each component of a song, or your song elements, serves a very specific function in creating the overall tapestry of a...

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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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Creating A Strong Bridge In A Song

Posted by on Jan 9, 2009 | 0 comments

Creating a bridge in a song is done for one key reason:  to galvanize the “A-Ha!” moment of the song. Musically, it should...

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