Improve Your Lyrics – Tip #28

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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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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