Three Tips For Avoiding Lyric Writing Clichés
We all know a great lyric when we hear one. Something about it grabs you and speaks to you with an immediacy that can’t be ignored.
Great lyrics, though, are relatively few and far between. Unique and compelling voices stand out precisely because there are so many overused sentiments and regurgitated lyrical clichés in the world of popular music.
But how do you avoid clichés in your lyric writing? What makes a songwriter fall into the trap of overfamiliarity, and how do we avoid it?
Fulfilling Your Purpose
Getting, Giving and Receiving What You Need to Be the Musician You Were Born to Be
Should You Think of Your Lyrics as Poetry?
“Is Bob Dylan a poet?”
I was listening to Dylan’s classic “Highway 61 Revisited” album the other day when this question popped into my mind. Dylan’s lyrics have certainly been described as “poetic,” but does that make them poems per-se?
John Lennon’s Nonsense Lyrics (and Why They Work)
Whenever I write lyrics, I always aim to tell a story.
It’s quite a methodical and linear approach, but it’s the one that works for me. In the first verse, I set a scene, either literally or emotionally, and then I advance that idea in the second and third verses, using the chorus to encapsulate the main themes that I’m exploring.
The Musician’s Mind
Ask any musician or lyricist about their source of inspiration and they may point to their head. For them the mind and the thoughts, truths and beliefs that unify us are at the core of their music.