Improve your song lyrics; lyric writing tips can turn bland to exciting!
It may surprise you but being a music producer based in the music capital of the world- Nashville- I’m very concerned with lyric quality as much as with music quality. In my opinion, a great song production begins with a great song and creating great music is only half the battle.
In fact, I’ll generalize: the average listener pays more attention to the singer and the words they’re singing than to anything I can do in terms of music arrangement. There are exceptions that are inversely proportionate to the complexity of the song; certainly a simple country song lyric gets more scrutiny than a production-heavy pop song. But here are three simple tips that will improve any lyric Songs Lyrics Meaning.
First, there are lots of nearly generic, cliche ridden, lyrics that appear on the charts, but most of those are written by the artist or the record’s producer. They don’t go through the gauntlet of industry professional’s scrutiny that a song lacking that inside track must endure.
The first step to avoiding blandness is to create an interesting, unique title. For example, turn “I Love You So Much” into “I Love You So Much I’m Rollerblading to Nova Scotia To See You” Now that’s silly but you get the idea. Make it different. Use the power of words to force a publisher reviewing your song to stop and think, “Now this is something different… this songwriter has some smarts, some talent, and understands song craft”.
Second, be certain that the verse, chorus and bridge sections of your lyric are clearly separated. If you use the same sing-song rhythm and same line length throughout the song it will likely be difficult for the listener to discern where one section ends and the next begins. Change the rhythm pattern, the line length, the number of syllables and where those syllables fall in the line or all four, to separate the chorus from the verses and the bridge.
Third, freshness is king. Rewrite as often as you need to, replacing cliches with something more unique. Alliteration, anaphora and other literary techniques can go a long way toward making your lyric an attention getter.
It may seem that in a world jammed with mediocrity it’s easy to stand out, but sooner or later the decision to sink hundreds of thousands of dollars into a CD’s production and marketing comes down to deciding between just a handful of world class work. Be sure your lyric is in that category.
Also, before closing I should mention that if you set up a certain structure in verse one, verse two’s syllables, line length, etc. should match syllable-for-syllable or at least be very close. Hey, that’s four free tips and I promised only three! How’s that for a bargain?