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Texture In A Song: What Is It?

Posted by on Jul 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Texture In A Song: What Is It?

Texture is what helps tie your lyrics to an emotional connection for the listener. Texture is the particulars that give your scene...

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Songs Using Allusion: Joel To Swift

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Songs Using Allusion: Joel To 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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Song Target Your Way To A Cut

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 | Comments Off on Song Target Your Way To A Cut

Targeting can be on of your best tools in not only building your song chops but adding to your sales skills. It’s a way of making...

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Who’s Coming To Your Co-Write?

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Who’s Coming To Your Co-Write?

We’ve all had stories of nightmare co-writes with people who had clashing personalities. Maybe it wasn’t even you. Maybe you...

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In A Point Of View or Perspective Rut?

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 | Comments Off on In A Point Of View or Perspective Rut?

It happens: sometimes you consistently write from a single point of view or perspective and can’t seem to break the habit. Now, that...

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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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Lori McKenna “The Bird & The Rifle” (Members)

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 | Comments Off on Lori McKenna “The Bird & The Rifle” (Members)

I’ve been listening to Lori McKenna since 2000 when her first album Paper Wings And Halo was released.  Yes, I have every CD (in CD...

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5 Ways Lyrics Are Not Like Poems

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 | 0 comments

Have you been told your lyrics sound like poems? Or that your lyrics should sound more like poems? Poetic language is something that...

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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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5 Personification Songs You Need To Know

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 | 0 comments

What is personification? Personification is a form of figurative language. It’s the act of giving inanimate objects or abstract...

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Co-Writing: Who’s Your Match?

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 | 0 comments

Co-writing can sometimes be awkward, if not down-right painful. And, songwriting is tough enough without adding another personality to it....

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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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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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How To Evolve Your Song Idea

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 | 0 comments

Just having a hook or title isn’t enough. Songs include a story line, perhaps a twist, and most importantly, a large idea. So how do...

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20 Questions Songwriting Exercise

Posted by on Aug 31, 2014 | 0 comments

One of the easiest ways to get your songwriting kicked off is to simply answer some questions. But once you start writing, you tend to...

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What Makes That Song Tick?

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 | 0 comments

Songwriting Exercise This songwriting exercise focuses on finding out what makes a song tick, and then taking one cool trick a hit...

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“Merry Go Round” – Kacey Musgraves

Posted by on May 15, 2013 | 2 comments

Written by Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally, the play on words in “Merry Go Round” bring the images and the...

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