Seven Seconds to Impress is All You Get

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: ____________ Anyone who runs a website knows that if you don’t give the visitor something close to what they’re looking for within the first five to seven seconds, they’re going to be clicking away from your site and looking elsewhere.  And that sense of […]

Eleven Principles of Songwriting

By Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website: In yesterday’s article I spoke about the contrast principle, indicating that contrasting various elements within a song is a crucial part of keeping a listener’s interest. In my book “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” I outline eleven different principles that all work together when a […]

"You Belong With Me" Demonstrates Solid Songwriting Skill

Written by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website Follow Gary on Twitter Probably the most clever aspect of Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” is the melodic construction. Beautifully contoured, it’s what really makes the song work. It even displays writing technique usually reserved for more high-brow compositions, including melodic inversion. Here’s […]