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Writing a Killer Second Verse


2019-09-05 Essay

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I used to hate second verses. As far as I’m concerned, they’re the hardest part of a song to write. I don’t have a problem coming up with choruses, and the first verse usually follows soon after. But verse number two was always a major stumbling block.

The challenge with a second verse is creating something that’s as impacting as the first, but different enough that it advances the narrative, or the emotional mood of the piece. If it’s too close to the first verse, you repeat yourself. But, if it goes in a completely different direction, it can feel completely out of place.

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Three great Lyrics based on George Orwell Novels


2019-08-06 Essay

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George Orwell is one of the most influential writers of modern literature. In particular, “1984” and “Animal Farm” are regarded as classics, staples of high school reading lists as well as critics’ “best ever” lists.

It’s unsurprising, then, that so many popular songs have been based on George Orwell’s works. You’ll find references to “1984” and “Animal Farm” in many songs across pop and rock.

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The Secret to Great Romantic Lyrics


2019-07-02 Essay

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There’s something really affecting about a great romantic lyric.

When a love song with a true and relatable sentiment comes on the radio, it can stop you in your tracks.

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Making Lyrics Fit the Music


2019-06-04 Essay

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Adaptation and Interpretation

You’ve got a great track. You’ve got a great set of lyrics to go with it.

But, how do you go about combining the two?

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Why Money Matters and Why You Should Value Your Craft


2019-05-02 Essay

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Earning a living as a creative is difficult no matter what area of creative arts you pursue. My experiences with creatives have produced more heart-breaking stories of artists and others not value the artist’s work more than, I believe, in any other profession. I have never gone to a grocery store and expected them to give me my food for free. I have never taken my car into the mechanic, called a plumber, electrician, or any service professional and expected them to do their work for free.

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