Writing Better Lyrics

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Writer's Digest Books, Jan 8, 2010 - Music - 298 pages
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The Must-Have Guide for Songwriters

"Writing Better Lyrics" has been a staple for songwriters for nearly two decades. Now this revised and updated 2nd Edition provides effective tools for everything from generating ideas, to understanding the form and function of a song, to fine-tuning lyrics.

Perfect for new and experienced songwriters alike, this time-tested classic covers the basics in addition to more advanced techniques.Songwriters will discover: How to use sense-bound imagery to enhance a song's emotional impact on listenersTechniques for avoiding cliches and creating imaginative metaphors and similesWays to use repetition as an assetHow to successfully manipulate meterInstruction for matching lyrics with musicWays to build on ideas and generate effective titlesAdvice for working with a co-writerAnd much more

Featuring updated and expanded chapters, 50 fun songwriting exercises, and examples from more than 20 chart-toppings songs, "Writing Better Lyrics" gives you all of the professional and creative insight you need to write powerful lyrics and put your songs in the spotlight where they belong."

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Object Writing The Art of the Diver
3
Rustys Collar A Lesson in Showing Telling
19
Making Metaphors
23
Learning to Say No Building Worksheets
33
Clichés The Sleeping Puppy A Case Study
47
Productive Repetition
55
Verse Development and Power Positions
82
Spotlighting with Common Meter
153
Meter Two By Two
161
Managing Couplets
168
Prosody Structure as Film Score
177
Understanding Motion
189
Form Follows Function Building the Perfect Beast
229
The Great Balancing Act Courting Danger on the High Wire
239
Song Forms Impotent Packages
250

Travelogues Verse Continuity
93
Stripping Your Repetition for Repainting
101
Perspectives
111
Point of View Second Person and the Hangman
128
Point of View Second Person as Narrative
132
Dialogue and Point of View
139
Meter Something in Common
147
Song Forms Impotent Packages II
257
Process
262
CoWriting The NoFree Zone
289
Permissions
292
Index
294
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Pat Pattison is a professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches lyric writing and poetry. His books include Writing Better Lyrics, The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming. In addition, Pat has developed three online lyric writing courses for Berklee's online school, and has written articles for a variety of industry publications. His internationally successful students include multiple Grammy winners John Mayer and Gillian Welch. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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