Good Lyrics are Developed After They Are Written

“There’s nothing worse than bad lyricists trying to sound deep. Like coolness, profundity can’t be faked.” Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website Follow Gary on Twitter Leonard Cohen has spoken of songwriting as “cultivat[ing] this tiny corner of the field that I thought I knew something about…” For him, and […]

Creating Lyrics that Have a Natural Flow

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: If you want lyrics to sound natural, you need to sing them with the natural pulses that occur in spoken language. For songwriters, you need to match up the natural pulse of the lyric with the natural flow of your music. It may not be […]

Lyric-Writing is an Art that Needs to be Practiced

by Gary Ewer, from”The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: You know, we could learn a lot from the famous artists out there, like  Da Vinci, Rembrandt or Monet. We look at their paintings and just assume they sat down and just started to paint. But in reality, most artists sketch out many preparatory attempts, before […]

Darius Rucker's "It Won't Be Like This For Long" – Why it Works

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article called “Writing Good Songs – The Predictability Factor,” and in that essay I mentioned that there needs to be an ideal balance between elements that are predictable and elements that are innovative.  “It Won’t Be Like […]

Getting Lyrics to Work – Three Simple Things

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: The words you use in your song are pretty much the only way you can communicate with your audience in the literal sense of that word. So how do you make sure that the lyrics are the best they can be? If I were to […]

Lady GaGa- Colby O'Donis' "Just Dance" – Why it Works

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Let “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” turn your songs into hits! _________________________ Ever been on a roller coaster? It’s not about the scenery. It’s about the excitement. “Just Dance” is all about the energy of the ride, and if you’re looking for something profound, it ain’t […]