Song Lyrics: We’re In a Different World (Aren’t We?)

There’s no denying that when it comes to lyrics, we’re in a very different world today when compared to what was being written in the earlier days of rock & roll: “All Shook Up” (Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley) 1957: A well’a bless my soul What’sa wrong with me? I’m itchin’ like a man in […]

Songwriting and Controversial Topics

Dealing With Controversy in Your Songwriting

Today I say, only half-jokingly, that I had better not hear a songwriter, particularly an American one, tell me that they just can’t think of anything to write about. The subject of the day — Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency — may be difficult to handle, but you sure can’t beat it for providing everything a […]

Rod Stewart - Beyond the Sea

Creating Powerful Lyrics With a Great Metaphor

I’ve always felt that humans learn more by connecting to a great metaphor than they do by a more direct (metaphor-less) description of something. Saying to someone, “I’m in love!” is, of course, clear and obvious. Saying “I’m over the moon!” is full of emotion and power, the kind of power that connects strongly to listeners […]

Creating Song Lyrics With a Double Meaning

Creating double meaning lyrics usually means finding a first, superficial topic, and then a deeper, more profound one to partner with it. ____________ What do you use your iPad for? Why not let it help you improve your songwriting skills? Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. For desktop, laptop, iPad, iPhone, or any other mobile […]

Lyrics and Imagery: Ben Folds’ “Wandering”

The best lyrics are the ones that stimulate the listener’s imagination in very simple ways. _____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and learn the 11 principles crucial to any songwriter’s success. _____________ A good lyric isn’t necessarily the one that tells a story or describes things using the clearest terms. It’s more the one […]

The Casual Nature of Good Song Lyrics

Lyrics don’t need to be clever as much as they need to be honest, and create imagery. __________________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle. Write smarter, and tap into your creative mind. __________________ The biggest task before a songwriter is to create music that communicates something to an audience. Your music actually has to […]