Improve Your Lyrics – Tip #36

Continuing with the framework aspect of the beginning songwriting process, it is important to be commuted to whatever you title your song to be.

Your title should be unique, easily identifiable with the listener, and is tangent to the meaning of the song (unless the title is supposed to be a double-entendre). In addition, the title should reflect the one overall mood of the song while avoiding conflicting words.

Titles can be/come from:

  • a single word
  • alliteration
  • antonym
  • places
  • quotes
  • color
  • a person
  • an axiom
  • an idiom
  • a new word completely made-up
  • etc.

The title should also be the focus with the most power. To try to make sure that you repeat the title enough in the song to drive the point, but not too much where it dilutes the power.

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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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