The Avett Brothers: Masters of Understatement

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Download these e-books, and start turning your songs into winners by discovering why hit songs are hits. _____________ The title track off The Avett Brothers’ newest album, “I and Love and You”, demonstrates an important principle: the climactic moment in a song is not […]

How to Use Symmetry to Make a Song More Memorable

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. ____________ Symmetry occurs when matching items either face each other, or if they are placed equally distant on opposite sides of a midpoint. For songwriters, symmetry occurs when elements of a song repeat, especially applying to aspects of melody, lyric or form that occur […]

Crafting a Melody By Using Melodic Cells

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. ___________ Norah Jones released a new album, “The Fall”, this past November. Its first single is “Chasing Pirates.” It’s a great song with an infectious laid-back groove that really hooks into your brain. As a songwriter, that’s your aim – get a song out […]

Song Analysis: Rob Thomas' "Someday"

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. FOLLOW Gary on Twitter, for songwriting tips and news. _____________ Rob Thomas’ latest single, “Someday”, from his “Cradlesong” album, features at least a couple of techniques that will interest songwriters. One is the concept of introducing a new melody as a “replacement chorus” in the […]

Song Analysis: Regina Spektor’s “Eet”

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Gary is the author of several songwriting e-books that will get you writing better songs. Read more about them here. _______________ When we write music, we often find ourselves fixated on the melody, chords and lyrics. But it’s the controlling of musical energy in […]

Song Analysis: Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi"

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting“. Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and improve your songwriting skills. ______________ Paparazzi is a recent single from Lady Gaga’s “Fame.” It’s written in a standard verse-chorus format, and it’s worth looking at various compositional elements, particularly chord progression and melodic shape. […]