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.
Three Commonsense Tools For Writing Great Lyrics (That No-One Tells You)
When I started out writing lyrics, I read a bunch of books, forum threads, and how-to-guides on great lyric writing.
I’d say that 20% of what I read really helped me on my journey as a lyricist.
The other 80% however was utter nonsense.
How to Fit Lyrics to Music Like a Pro
If you’re a fan of popular music, then the names Bernie Taupin & Elton John, Oscar Hammerstein & Richard Rogers, George & Ira Gershwin will probably mean something to you.
These incredible teams of lyricists/songwriters wrote some of the most famous and notable music of the 20th century, and they were prolific workers to boot.
As a songwriter, working with a lyricist can provide incredible benefits. That other person’s fresh perspective can result in lyrics that transform your music, bringing things to it that you didn’t even think were possible.