Improve Your Lyrics – Tip #19

Another quick instalment on how to revise and edit your lyrics:

Objectively, you want your verses and choruses/refrains to be different from another.

Verses are designed to the show the details of the story while choruses/refrains should tell the overall meaning of the story.

Because the chorus is used as a “home-base” to reiterate the meaning to the listener, the verses should have the job to add color.

Basically, ask yourself, “What is the meaning of the song?” and “Does the chorus/refrain alone get the message across?”

If you need the verses as crutches to support the meaning of the song, it means you have a weak chorus. So refine and edit the chorus till the point you have no doubt about it.

As for the verses, they should be connected and related to the overall meaning of the song, but should also be used to express the details.

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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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