Improve Your Lyrics – Tip #1

While some composer’s in the past, and many still do today, use another person’s poetry to set the lyrics, there is a number of singer-songwriters today that are doing both tasks. So let’s talk about some ways on how you can improve your lyrics writing.

Today will be talking about object writing using your senses.

Object writing is pretty much as the name explains: choose an object you want to focus on in your lyrics and write about it. Simple enough.

Now, try to image your senses in the process to use descriptive and detailed words about your object. Your 7 (yes, 7) senses are:

  • Sight – what you see visually
  • Auditory – what you hear acoustically
  • Smell – what you sense with your nose
  • Taste – what you sense with your tongue
  • Touch – what you feel with the outside of your body
  • Organic – what you feel inside your body (like a cramp)
  • Kinesthetic – what you feel when you are in motion

This will make your lyrics more interesting and life-like to the individual listening to your next amazing song. So give it a try!

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Author: Bryan M. Waring

Bryan Waring is a graduate of USM's School of Music with a B.M. in Performance – Composition and is now attending Belmont University for a M.M. in Commercial Media – Composition & Arranging. During his time at USM, he studied violin with Dino Liva and composition with Dr. Daniel Sonenberg, as well as has premiered several pieces during the semiannual Composer's Ensemble concert series. In 2017, Bryan was a writer for the original musical theater work of "Molded By The Flow," directed by Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert. Outside of school, Bryan has been involved with writing music for videogame developers at Portland's CI2 Lab, collaborating with the King Tide Party, and studying with Larry Groupé (Straw Dogs) in San Diego. Now living in Nashville. Along with composing, Bryan teaches music to children, receiving the Master Teacher Award for his work at ESF Camps; and does audio engineering for live ensembles. Besides talents in music, Bryan is a team-player in any competitive work environment; equipped with skills in leadership, organization, mathematics, creativity, communication, and managing. On the side, Bryan has worked as a model for several skilled artists in the New England area. Among his other accomplishments include obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout in April 2013 with a project of building a side parking area with guide rails for Webb Mountain Park in Monroe, CT.

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