Improve Your Lyrics – Tip #37

Another aspect you want to consider when regarding the framework of your song is where it will start, and where it will finish.

Sometimes, the toughest part of writing a song is knowing where and how to start. What will be that opening line and will it grab the audiences’ attention? A way around this is to start writing the “middle” and then come back to the beginning.

However, we are going to tackle this straight-on and discuss how we can have a strong opening for our lyrics.

Your start should be unique, grab attention, and lead us quickly down the path into establishing the “who, what, when, where, why” of the song. Think of all the novels and storybooks you have read in the past – you can probably even recall the first sentence because of its unique qualities.

To draw inspiration, your start can appear as the following:

  • A question
  • A request
  • A provocative statement
  • A greeting
  • An image
  • A perspective
  • A date/time
  • A location
  • Etc.

Remember, a beginning is as strong as the passage that follows. So, make sure that the start can easily transition into the “body” of your song and help deliver your message across musically.

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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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