The Impact of Lyrics on the Shape of a Melody

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”. It’s FUN to become the best songwriter you can be! ____________________ Remember back in December 2010, Paul McCartney and Jimmy Fallon singing “Scrambled Eggs,” McCartney’s purported original lyrics to The Beatles’ hit, “Yesterday”? I was watching the video again today because I had been preparing to write this article […]

One More Song About Love? How to Choose a Song Topic

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and learn how to write great songs! _____________ It’s frustrating when you want to write a song, but you can’t seem to come up with anything fresh or innovative to write about. The topics of love, relationships and the social scene seem done to death. And your […]

Song Lyrics: the Beauty of "Light-Duty" Metaphors

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and discover why good lyrics are good. __________________ There are very few song lyrics out there right now that tell a story in a literal way. We know that verse lyrics need to describe situations and lay out a story line, but if you look at lyrics […]

Your Song, and Triple-Level Lyrics

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and discover the secrets of a good lyric! Song lyrics usually do two things: they describe situations, and they describe emotional responses. It’s typical for verse lyrics to be where you tell a story, explain what’s going on, and basically set the stage, pulling the listener into […]

How the Right Lyric Can Fuel the Listeners' Creative Mind

Stop struggling… START WRITING GREAT SONGS! Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” e-book bundle ________________  You just can’t over-estimate the importance of a good lyric. If we ever think that a song is corny, or bad, or just plain missing the mark, more often than not we’re talking about a bad lyric. It’s important that […]

Dealing With Emotion in a Lyric is Tricky

Ultimately, what causes the connection between a song and a listener is the emotional response of the listener. The listener needs to hear something that makes them go, “I’ve been there before..”, or “I can imagine that happening to me..” That kind of empathy is important; if the audience isn’t putting themselves in the shoes […]