Yearly Archives: 2019

How to Write Non-Visual Lyrics – Part 1

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The majority of songwriting classes teach the principle of “show, don’t tell”. Writing visual lyrics that enable the listener to “see” the song in their mind is often considered to be one of the more effective ways of connecting with audiences. These lyrics don’t spoon feed what the singer thinks or feels. Instead, they use visual imagery that enables the listener to conclude what the singer is emoting.

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What Country Music Can Teach Us About Storytelling – Part 2

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Break Up in the End by Cole Swindell This heartbreaker of a song is Cole Swindell reminiscing over the one who got away. It’s all too easy to think about past loves and pretend you never met them in the first place in a bid to pretend the heartbreak doesn’t exist. Swindell takes a different approach by insisting that he would go and do it all again, even though he’d be aware that he’d get his heart broken in the end. He would still bump into her in the bar and stay with her until the early hours. He’d still take her home to meet his parents, say those three […]

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What Country Music Can Teach Us About Storytelling – Part 1

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Country music tells short-form storytelling like no other music genre. The lyrics tell stories about romance, love and heartbreak and all in under four minutes. Other genres might tell a good story now and then but not with the same skill as a country lyricist. There are a few songs below that support that theory. There’s an old saying that if you can’t condense what you want to say into a single page or less then you don’t really know what you’re saying. Country music has got that down to a tee. It demonstrates that a wide range of emotion can be communicated within just a few profound words. Storytelling […]

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