Let’s practice filling in the words between rhymes some more. But this time, we’ll be guided by the concepts we’re trying to express (not just the rhythm of the melody).
Let’s get some practice with writing lyrics by finding rhymes and then filling in the words between. This time, we’ll let the melody’s rhythm guide our choice of filler words.
Need a refresher on the various types of rhyme schemes (the various rhyming patterns)? Well, this post has got you covered.
Sometimes part of a melody will “sound like” a phrase. If you can then rhyme the phrase, you’re well on your way to creating some good filler lyrics.
Now, we apply the seven rules of stress in English to the phrase, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation.”
When we speak “naturally” in English, we are unconsciously following seven rules about which syllables get emphasized. As a lyricist, you need to keep these rules in mind.
Get a feel for how you analyze the stress pattern in a sentence by examining this sentence: “Investigate the trailer till it delivers up its secrets.”
Do you know how emphasis (or “stress”) works in English? It’s not what you’d expect. At least, it’s not what I would have expected.
Rhythm means thinking about not only when a note begins, but when it ends. Fortunately, we have dashes for that sort of thing.
In this post, we continue our discussion of rhythm. We see how rhythm involves repetition, as well as stretching and contracting time.
Today, we learn a general form of rhythm notation that will come in handy later.
Melodies come in two general forms. Some are “in 3,” while most are “in 4.” To write lyrics for melodies, you need to be able to recognize those two forms.
Learn a bit more about rhythm notation for writing lyrics. Still nothing fancy, and still very useful.
Learn the basics of rhythm notation for writing lyrics. Nothing fancy, but still very useful.
Sometimes you write lyrics simply because you’ve got a song, and it needs lyrics. The music provides constraints that help to guide what you write.
Occasionally, a lyricists job isn’t to write new lyrics. It’s to find a previously-existing text that needs to be more widely known.
Writing lyrics about (or in the voice of) fictional characters has a long a glorious history. It can also be helpful when you want to write but aren’t feeling inspired.
Sometimes you write a song to tell a story. And often that story is about someone else (someone who may not even exist).
You can write lyrics because you’re on a mission. This may sound intellectual, but this doesn’t mean you can write without emotion. So, what do you do when you’ve got no inspiration?
There are some things you argue for, and some things you just see. In this episode, we learn how to see Plato’s forms and moral truths.
One reason to write lyrics is to express your emotions. But sometimes, you write so you can figure out what emotions you’ve got.
Do song lyrics need to make sense? Do you have to have a point when you write lyrics?
So far, I’ve claimed that a good song needs good rhythm and a good melody. I’ve even explained what makes a rhythm and melody good. It’s been amazing how right I’ve been at each step in the process. I’ve said the final word on the issues discussed so far.* But if songs are an exploration Read more about A Good Song Needs Good Lyrics[…]
Contrast “Take on Me,” “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and “What Child Is This?,” with any melody Drake has ever written. When you do so, you’ll see a melody’s need for volume and variety.
A good melody has the same structure as the plot of a novel. This involves building and relaxing tension through rising and falling pitch. But one Christmas carol seems to break the rule.
Love languages: what are they? Let’s compare “Breathe,” with “Five Candles,” “More than Words,” “Enjoy the Silence,” and others to find out.
A good melody needs both structure and surprise. Without structure, it just wanders. Without surprise, it just repeats.