Prosody – the unity between two or more things. Balance. Connection. Relation.
In music there are three major areas of prosody that should be kept in mind when writing and editing your lyrics. Those are:
- Prosody between words and the music/key
- Prosody between syllables and notes
- Prosody between rhythm and meaning
Let’s take the first one for example. If you are using a minor key and trying to write really ominous music, does it make sense to use “happy” descriptive words?
We’ve talked in the past about aligning stressed syllables with stressed beats, but the rhythm of how you pronounce the words should be natural as well. In addition, if you want to create a frantic meaning – would you use a fast rhythmic pattern or a slow one? Fast because it creates a unity between the rhythmic performance and musical meaning.
Keep in your conscious mind how you can make one part of your song (music and/or lyrics) relate to another.
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