Monday, June 15, 2015 by Jake Hahn | Blog
Writing lyrics can be tough. It's easy to get stuck "in-your-head". It can also be tough to critique your own song, because, I mean...YOU wrote it, right? Of course that's what you meant to say! If not - you wouldn't have written it in the first place! Right??
Well...not so fast.
If you're anything like all the other humans out there in the world, you make sense of things through your emotions. The issue is that emotions are very internal. YOU feel how you feel, but the listener doesn't! So your job as a songwriter is to COMMUNICATE your internal feelings to a listener!
I've listed 5 ways to check your lyrics as you write them. They're also very beneficial for checking a "finished" lyric as well. Go through one of your songs now; and see if you can strengthen it by writing another draft using these 5 points!
1. Identify Potentially Weak Lines: • try to strengthen them by adding an image - or a comparison to SHOW the listener what you mean.
2. Check Your Rhymes: • Keep rhymes conversational. • Try not to draw attention to them. • Preserve the natural word order of speech.
3. Answer The Listeners Questions: • Eliminate unclear references.
4. Say What You Mean: • Be conversational • Use some direct statements • This adds believability to your song
5. Develop Your Story: • Don't use information from Verse 1 in Verse 2...the listener has already been there. • move your story forward. • Zoom into your story • Zoom out • Give each section its own identity within your overall theme.
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