Getting Song Lyrics Right, And In the Right Order

Messing up on song lyrics means losing an opportunity to connect with the audience. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ Everything you do in music communicates something to the people listening to it. It goes almost without saying that it’s the words you use, and the way that you […]

Working a Melody in an Upward Direction

From the start of a verse to the end of a chorus, melodic direction should be generally upward. Here’s a close look at that principle. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and discover the basic principles of why hit songs work. _____________ There’s a good reason why melodies typically work their way upward […]

“It Will Rain”: How to Create Emotions in Song Lyrics

Simply describing emotions usually isn’t enough – you need to create them. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ Recently I wrote about the importance of writing a lyric that can make an emotional impact on a listener. I want to look a bit […]

Becoming a Better Lyricist: Making an Emotional Appeal

When songs sound “corny”, bad lyrics are almost always to blame. Here are some ideas for improving your lyrical abilities. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ Every language has a written form and an oral form. In songwriting, you’ll want to focus on […]

Comparing Rhythmic Activity of the Verse and Chorus Lyric

Longer note values work better in the chorus, as a way of enhancing emotional impact. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get back to the basics of why hit songs sell. _____________ There’s nothing like a song that allows the listener a powerful emotional release. It’s got to be done right, though, because songs […]

Keith Urban’s “Long Hot Summer” – A Study in Lyrical Layering

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting 6-eBook Bundle“, and become a top-level songwriter! ______________ Every distinct section of your song (verse, chorus, etc.) should treat lyrics differently and have a different goal. Lyrics, when done well, should show a clear 2- or 3-level design. Messing this up can cloud your message, and your song can fail to produce […]