Brian May - The Prophet's Song

Strangeness as a Design Feature in Songs

When I was a student at McGill University back in the mid 80s, I heard a performance of a remarkable piece of music called Opus Clavicembalisticum, written by the composer Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, born in London, England. When it was written (1930), Opus Clavicembalisticum was the longest piece of piano music ever written: 4-and-a-half hours in length. The […]

Simplifying Lead Vocal Rhythm in a Chorus

“The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-Book Bundle is being used by thousands of songwriters to solve their songwriting dilemmas. Comes with a 7th free eBook, “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro.”  Read More.. ______________ What do Queen’s “Sweet Lady” (Brian May), John Legend’s “All Of Me” (John Stephens, Toby Gad), and Lorde’s “Royals” (Lorde, Joel […]

Intensifying the Emotional Impact of Your Music

A few little tricks can make your songs hit home with real emotional power. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and build your audience base! _____________ Emotion isn’t normally something you think about adding to your music. Normally, you’d think that emotion is what you find in a certain kind of lyric, or a certain kind of […]

Identifying the Problem(s) With a Problem Song

The Songwriter’s Checklist can help you identify nagging problems with your song. ______________ You may be writing songs every day, but are you just reinforcing songwriting errors? Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-ebook bundle, and solve your songwriting problems today. ______________ Last week I wrote about the temptation that exists to fix a song that […]

Tips and Tricks: Adding Vocal Harmonies to a Song

Vocal harmonies can go a long way to adding a touch of sophistication to your songs. Check out these tips. ____________ Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and increase your song’s HIT potential. _____________ Too many times I hear vocal harmonies that sound like they’ve been randomly created, and come across as a bit of a mess. […]

Good Lyrics Don’t Describe Emotions, They Create Emotions

Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6 e-book bundle, and kick-start your songwriting career! ____________ A good lyric needs to be able to connect easily with the audience. Most of the time, that connection is primarily an emotional one. A good example of this is love song lyrics. As a love song progresses, you want the […]