Improve Your Lyrics – Tip #35

Before starting anything, you want to be in the right framework. The right framework of mind for achieving your goal, and your goal should be in the right frame work for being achieved.

In songwriting, you need to start out with a frame to craft your lyrics in. Just like a house, everything needs to hold together to create something spectacular.

We are going to talk about one element to your inception of lyric writing: the idea.

Your idea should be unique, but also be an idea understood by other people. Getting a car for your 16th Birthday (while is unique) is not something too many people experience.

Your idea can appear as:

  • an emotion
  • a situation
  • a meaning/moral to the story

Once you have settled on an idea that you are passionate about, fine-tune it a bit:

  • Can other people connect to it?
  • Can and should it be controversial?
  • Is it believable?
  • Does it have any conflicting mini-ideas attached to it?
  • Do you want a song like this on the radio?

Now that you have a good framework and idea, start putting pen to paper!

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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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