Improve Your Lyrics – Tip #15

A cliché is an overused idea – overused to the point where it doesn’t sound like an original and/or creative thought. More importantly, it can hinder the creativity of your lyrics.

While some people can argue that there are a lot of successful songs that use clichés, another person can argue that those songs tend to be prone to ridicule for their simplistic lyrics.

Either way, how you write your lyrics is up to you… but today’s tip is on what to avoid.

Some common clichés appear in the forms of:

  • Cliché Rhymes – predictable close rhymes
  • Cliché Phrases – commonly-used statements
  • Cliché Images – regularly mentioned objects
  • Cliché Topics – oversaturated field of song topics
  • Cliché Metaphors – typical representations

HOWEVER, clichés can also be used strategically by taking an overused idea and reworking it into a new angle.

This can be done by expanding upon the idea, or reframing how the idea is presented.

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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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