Successful Lyric Writing: A Step-By-Step Course & Workbook by Sheila Davis

By Sheila Davis

Covers constitution, point of view, voice, rhythm, rhyme, and atmosphere, identifies universal tune writing difficulties, and offers writing assignments.

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49 CHANGING, CHANGING, ever changing Like the waves upon the sand, Reaching in to find a meaning, Reaching out to touch a hand. SUCCESSFUL LYRIC WRITING 50 © 1968, Solar Systems Music. Used with permission. By choosing the Viewpoint of the First-Person Collective We, the lyricist is asking the world to sing along. A lyric set in this Viewpoint must then express sentiments that are widely shared. To have a song hit the charts brings a sense of satisfaction to every writer. With "Changing," what gave me even greater pleasure was its being chosen—years after its initial success—by several high school graduating classes as their yearbook theme.

7) What's the purpose of a climb? (You'll find the answers on page 269) Step Three Managing Viewpoint, Voice, Time Frame, and Setting Early on in the songwriting process you will be making four decisions, consciously or unconsciously, regarding your lyric's Viewpoint, Voice, Time Frame, and Setting: 1. Will the story be told from the angle of first person, second person, or third person? (The Viewpoint) 2. Will the singer be talking to someone or merely thinking out loud? (The Voice) 3. Will the action be set in the past, the present, or the future?

At its simplest, a climb is a couplet—two rhymed lines in the same meter. " After its eight-bar introductory verse, a couplet keeps the listener eagerly awaiting the title line of the chorus: "I've heard it said when love is real, You never lose the way you feel. . " A Verse/Chorus/Climb Example For dramatic purposes a climb may extend to as many as eight lines. " Here's the first verse, climb, and chorus: Verse WE'RE READY You 've been playin' it cool, I've been playin' it safe, Neither one comin' on strong.

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