Song Analysis: Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi"

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting“. Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and improve your songwriting skills. ______________ Paparazzi is a recent single from Lady Gaga’s “Fame.” It’s written in a standard verse-chorus format, and it’s worth looking at various compositional elements, particularly chord progression and melodic shape. […]

The Delicate Process of Selling Your Songs

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. To download and read Gary’s songwriting e-books, click here. ________________ So how do you turn this songwriting hobby of yours into a money-maker? For most, the process of getting songs to market offers this ample dose of reality: it’s not easy to sell songs and […]

The Dangling Metaphor: Why Your Lyric May Not Be Working

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Gary’s e-books can get you writing the music that you’ve always wanted to write. They’re downloadable, and available here. _______________________________ It’s important to note right at the start that good lyrics are not necessarily poetry. A poem can make a fantastic lyric, but it’s much […]

The Role of Inspiration in Songwriting

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. When I pick up a pencil and try to draw a face, it looks grotesque. I get the perspective wrong, the shading looks haphazard, and the dimensions are simply off! Because I am untrained, I can’t really finish any drawing I start. As I progress […]

What Does it Mean to "Keep a Song Fresh"?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. Find his songwriting e-books here. __________________________ There are many catch-phrases bandied about in the world of songwriting, and you’ll often see the term “fresh” used when discussing the staying power of a song. Songs that make you feel bored by the second minute need an […]

Does a Song Need a Hook?

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website. You can find Gary’s songwriting e-books here. ______________ Do a quick online search about songwriting, and many times you’ll read some variation on this sentence: “A song must have a hook.” Depending on what you mean by the word, that could be true. But if […]