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 […]

5 Tips for Improving Your Lyrical Abilities

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ There are two important stages in the development of song lyrics. The first stage, which you might think of as the “conception stage“, is when you get your thoughts down on paper. The second stage, which you might call the “development […]

We Often Rate Songs By The Strength of The Lyric

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 10 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ It’s an undeniable fact that the world’s best songs, and hence the world’s best songwriters, are judged primarily on the strength of their lyric. Put simply, there are no songwriters out there who have made a name for themselves as a […]

When Successful Songs Defy Explanation

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ America’s first big hit, “A Horse With No Name” (1972), written by Dewey Bunnell, seems to defy all “rules” for creating a successful chart-topping song. Melodic contour is almost non-existent, and the entire song is built on a 2-chord progression: […]

Using Opposite Ideas To Keep a Song Moving

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ Whether audiences know it or not, what keeps people attracted and listening to a song is the successful blending together of opposite ideas within the same song. Called the contrast principle, presenting opposing musical shapes and elements within a song […]

5 Ways Lyrics Will Strengthen Your Song’s Form

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 E-book Bundle. Become a top-level songwriter, starting now. _________ Every song you write represents an attempt to communicate thoughts and ideas to others. Every element you compose contributes to that task. Without a doubt, we communicate most directly by our words: the lyrics lay the groundwork and tell the […]