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The Musician’s Mind


2018-06-03 Essay

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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.

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Three Commonsense Tools For Writing Great Lyrics (That No-One Tells You)


2018-05-06 Essay

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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.

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How to Fit Lyrics to Music Like a Pro


2018-04-03 Essay

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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.

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Finding Great Lyrics


2018-02-21 Essay

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For many consumers of music, lyrics sometimes don’t seem to be that important. But for the songwriters and artists, at least, they can be absolutely critical.

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How Stephen King Changed The Way I Write Lyrics


2018-02-09 Essay

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This year, I made a resolution to read a minimum of one book a month. I’m a writer by trade, be that articles, blogs or song lyrics, but for someone who works with words, I don’t spend nearly enough time reading them. On the recommendation of my partner, my first book of the year was Stephen King’s “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.” And boy, did she pick a doozie.

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