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 […]

Writer's Block: When You Just Can't Write Good No More

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website:   Writer’s Block: When You Just Can’t Write Good No More Every songwriter suffers from it from time to time. The ideas just don’t happen. And even when they do, you don’t know what to do with them. Writer’s block is curable if you really […]

Shaping Melodies – Does Your Melody Have a Climactic Point?

With a good song, there’s a strong sense offorward motion. How you know that forward motion is there and working for you is by your own sense of anticipation: if you find that at any given moment in your song, you want to hear what happens next, that’s the vital sense of forward motion working for […]

Tips for Writing a Love Song

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: Nothing succeeds like love when it comes to finding a songwriting topic. Songs are successful when they speak to the heart, and it’s likely that everyone over the age of 10 or so can relate to some aspect of love. So there is a huge market […]

How to Use Contrast to Make a Song More Interesting

When we talk about contrast in a song, we’re talking about the existence of opposites: one part of a song may be loud, another soft; one part may be loud, another soft. The concept of contrast has been part of music composition for hundreds of years, and so it doesn’t matter what genre of music you write […]

Should My Lyrics Rhyme?

Lyrics are the main way you communicate with your audience, but it’s not the only way. What we do with chord progressions, melodic shape, rhythm, and the basic mood we convey with all of those elements, all work together to communicate something to the listener. But lyrics probably stand as the most important way we have […]