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What Makes a Great Christmas Lyric


2018-12-03 Essay

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The holiday season is upon us again. As a result, you’ve probably been bombarded with Christmas music on the radio, on television and in shopping malls.

That’s certainly been the case for me. And, so much exposure to Christmas music over the past few weeks has got me thinking: what makes a great Christmas lyric?

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Made Up Words in Song Lyrics… and Why They Work


2018-11-08 Essay

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Sometimes, when writing a song, it’s hard to find the exact word to convey what you’re feeling.

For some, that means rifling through the rhyming dictionary. For others, it means going back and rejigging the lyric to change the meaning.

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Three Tips For Avoiding Lyric Writing Clichés


2018-10-06 Essay

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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?

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Fulfilling Your Purpose


2018-09-11 Essay

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Getting, Giving and Receiving What You Need to Be the Musician You Were Born to Be

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Should You Think of Your Lyrics as Poetry?


2018-08-07 Essay

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“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?

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