There are plenty of good songwriting bloggers out there, so I thought I’d share some of the good writing out there.
I’ve been known to complain about songwriting er… writing. My biggest gripe is those posts that confuse songwriting with lyric writing and imply that all you need think about are the words you use.
But of course lyrics, while not the whole thing, are very important. So here’s a great post about rewriting your lyrics by Andrea Stolpe
Post 1 –Quick Rewriting Tips
I particularly like her advice on using specific, interesting verbs, rather than generic ones.
On the subject of lyric writing, Gary Ewer has some thoughts on whether lyrics should rhyme:
Post 2 –Should my lyrics rhyme?
He makes an interesting point about the dangers of rhyming for the sake of rhyming.
The danger of rhyming lyrics is when the rhyming seems forced. If you find yourself giving up on a more natural way of saying something in favour of a rhyming but forced lyric, you can make your song seem a bit corny.
I couldn’t agree more. After all if you’ve a word that absolutely conveys your meaning, that doesn’t quite fit your rhyme scheme, it will still often be preferable to a less expressive, but easily rhyming word. Rhyming itself can make a lyric seem easy and safe, which isn’t always a good thing.
Gary also makes the point that lyrics are not the only way of conveying meaning to reader. I’d go further and suggest that ini pop music the words are very rarely the primary conveyer of meaning. we get more musical meaning from melody groove and harmony than we do from most pop music lyrics, even when the words are well written.
But that’s a big subject for a bigger blog post.
Post 3 – A very good place to start
This post from Songwritten has some interesting things to say about melody, including a list of ‘Manic Melodic Methods’.
Melody is the most important part of your song, at least most of the time, and it’s always worth thinking hard about.
That’s all i have for this morning, but if you’ve seen any good songwriting articles recenty, let me know!
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