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Mary Gauthier “Between The Daylight And The Dark”

Posted by on Aug 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Mary Gauthier “Between The Daylight And The Dark”

Mary Gauthier is known for her strong scenes and emotional context, and “Between The Daylight And The Dark” is no exception....

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Change Perspective But Keep Your Point Of View

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Change Perspective But Keep Your Point Of View

Perspective isn’t a common songwriting topic.  Most songwriting conversations revolve around Point of View (POV), but there’s...

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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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Song Idea: What Is It?

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 | 0 comments

Is it different from a hook? Yes – a hook’s a part of the song’s construction that helps articulate the song idea...

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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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Point Of View: What Is It?

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 | 0 comments

Pat Pattison has a great exercise for point of view – try them all. But, to do that, you have to know what they are! At the end of...

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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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