There are certain power positions in your lyrics that can effect the entire meaning that you want to come across to your audience.
Okay, now let’s back it up a bit.
A power position is a place in your lyric verses that holds a lot of effect (possibly in meaning or in memory) to the people listening.
Think about it – where do you want your best home-hitting lyrics to be in your song? Buried in the middle?
The three most common power positions in music are:
- The first/opening line of a section
- The last/closing line of a section
- Extra lines out of the 4 line stanza
These areas grab the most attention to the listeners and make those the most memorable lyrics.
So, be sure to put your strongest or ear-catchy lyrics in those power positions.
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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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