What’s A Song Chorus For?

How is a chorus different from a bridge or a verse?  Understanding all of the different song parts, or song elements, can be tricky. Everyone will tell you the definition of a chorus, but what does that really mean when you’re writing? How should you be thinking...

What’s A Song Verse For?

Song parts, or song elements, are tricky. Everyone will tell you the definition of a verse, but what does that really mean when you’re writing? How should you be thinking about the overall structure and the role of the verse? We’ll break down each of the...

How To Write A Song

How do the pros write a good song? What if you’re not a pro? How do you write a song? Well, if you’re new to songwriting, this post should help you get started with: A.  The basics of songwriting B.  Worksheets & exercises to keep your learning path...

Pop Song Lyrics

The below is taken from a chat board that is long since gone, and was part of a much larger post string.  I’ve aggregated the “good bits” to create an easier read and added a few embellishments here and there.  Thanks to Jason “The...

Pop Songs: Song Structure

The below is taken from a chat board that is long since gone, and was part of a much larger post string.  I’ve aggregated the “good bits” to create an easier read and added a few embellishments here and there.  Thanks to Jason “The...

Point Of View: What Is It?

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 the day, you have three to choose from: (1) first person, (2) second person or direct address, and (3) third person or omniscient....

Write A Song Step By Step

I thought I would group up a few pieces on the site to help get you write a song by following a simple step-by-step process with some worksheets to help you along the way.   I’ve added some links to other articles you might find helpful, and included some images...

Suzanne Vega Tiny Desk Concert

Suzanne Vega Tiny Desk Concert – new album – what else good could happen this month?! Tales From The Realm Of The Queen Of Pentacles One of the best songwriters you’ll ever hear, she has a command of the english language you’ll turn green over....

Song Structure Made Easy

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 into a box. This is especially true if you’re a beginner. Sometimes it’s hard to connect the “this is what a verse...

Legends: Anna & Kate McGarrigle

Anna & Kate McGarrigle are part of the history of folk and Americana music. Together, they created some of the genre’s most haunting and introspective songs. Born in Montreal, the French-Canadians quickly captured the deep folk roots music running up the...

Share Your Original Songs!

Revised 6/5/14   Get your online music creation hook up through several cool sites that allow you to share your original songs. There are several sites that aren’t the big names for distribution that allow you to collaborate with others or use as a repository...

Recording Your Songs

Updated 3/20/17 Recording your songs falls into a couple of buckets:  worktapes and professional demos. Once you start writing, you’ll want to share what you’ve done with others. You may not be ready for a full length CD, but you can always share your...

Melody And The Lyric

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 one of the things that make your song memorable – and with only about 3 minutes of it, it requires something special to be...

Setting a Strong Scene

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 listener, I should be able to describe it in some way. For example, if a song takes place during a single hour of a day – as...