20 Things I’ve Learned From Listening to Great Songs and Songwriters (11-12)

11. Learn the power of slant (imperfect) rhymes  Rhythm, rhyme and repetition are the building blocks of good lyrics.  Rhythm is how words sound as we sing them and the cadence they rest upon, repetition is the frequency of a lyric and rhyme provides the verbal adhesive that bonds a lyric to a listener.  For …

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20 Things I’ve Learned From Listening to Great Songs and Songwriters (7-8)

7.  Have a plan to capture inspiration If you are like most people, inspiration is like an unplanned guest showing up at your doorstep.  It can happen at the most inopportune times: in the shower, driving, during a prayer meeting.  Have a plan on how you can capture your inspiration in the moment.  Carry a …

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20 Things I’ve Learned From Listening to Great Songs and Songwriters (5-6)

5. Great songs are about ONE thing Without exception, the most enduring songs are those that are centered around ONE theme.  The theme is usually universal, meaning it’s something that a wide range of people can relate to or have experienced.  When writing, make sure you have a clear idea of what your theme is.  …

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