Improve Your Lyrics – Tip #27

A surprise is something unexpected – something out of the ordinary. When your lyrics are becoming predictable (AKA expected) you can use a “surprise” to grab the audience’s attention back.

Some examples of “lyrical” surprises are:

  • Delaying the resolution of a thyme with an extra line
  • Placing the stresses on different words
  • Placing the stresses on different beats
  • Changing the rhyme scheme/pattern.
  • Removing or adding lines to the from.

…or anything else that you can think of. Some modern examples are going from a typical rock song structured verse to maybe a rap.

Whatever you do, be confident in it.

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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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