Sharon Van Etten

The Psychology of Songwriting: Stories and Feelings

A 1-hour TV drama spends at least the two-thirds of that hour developing a story that pulls the audience in and poses questions that they want to learn the answers to. As the show nears its end, you’ll be presented with the strongest, most spine-tingling event: the main object of the script. All questions are answered. For example, a […]

The Formal Structure of Popular Songs: Adapting Freytag's Pyramid

There is a dramatic arc that we encounter in plays and TV dramas, and that arc applies to music as well. _______________ Written by Gary Ewer, author of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook Bundle. _______________ If you are a playwright or work in film or TV drama, you may be familiar with the term “Freytag’s […]