So far, we have this. Reality lies where? Above or beneath? And what do we see here? Surrounded by lies? And our next line is: “We either must reduce ourselves to the particles that compose us.” How shall we make it fit? How about “Should we reduce ourselves to particles?” Let’s write it out to Read more about 9.4 Stamping Our New Foot on Line 3[…]
So, on to line 4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 , . , . , . , . , . , . . Or submit to being nothing but the parts of some 1415 16 , . , supergroup As the line stands, we cannot treat “Or” as a pickup, because it has to be stressed. And it has to be stressed because “su-,” in “submit,” has to be unstressed. If we could find another word that started with a stressed syllable, however, Read more about 8.6 Stamping Our Foot on Line 4[…]
What, therefore, if we rethought the beginning, changing “what we see here” to “everything we see here”? Let’s try it. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 . , . , . , . , . , . , . And everything we see here at our level’s nothing 13 141516 , . , . but illusion So, lines 1 and 2 are now: I sometimes worry that reality’s above us or below us And everything we see here at our level’s nothing but illusion But Read more about 8.4 A Mistake, Quickly Fixed[…]
We are working with the following set of lyrics. I sometimes worry that reality lies above us or below us And what we see at our level is an illusion We either must reduce ourselves to the particles that compose us Or submit to being nothing but the parts of some supergroup Last chapter, we Read more about 8.1 Rythmic Sculpting Continues[…]
We begin sculpting the rhythm of the rough lines from the previous post.
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.