Improve Your Lyrics – Tip #38

As you map out the framework of your song, you begin to see everything fall into place. You have you main idea which you can expand upon. There is your title the opening lines that grab the listener’s attention. And there is your body of the song.

Writing the body of your song is like writing the body of a book to some degree. It needs to captivate the attention of the audience through development leading to a climax (and possibly a resolution at the end).

It is best to start by having the “end goal” in mind. Ask yourself “what do I want my listeners to take away from my song?” Do you want them to party, cry, laugh, feel empowered, angry, etc.? Knowing what you want to accomplish will help determine your body of the song.

The bodies of songs boil down into three basic plot ideas:

  • The Attitudinal Plot – where the singer talks solely about an emotion
  • The Situational Plot – where the singer gives perspective and emotion about a situation
  • The Narrative Plot – where the singer solely talks about a situation, but the emotional perspective is implied

You can think of this as emotion, story, or both in terms of choosing how you want the plot of your song to be.

Try coming up with an idea for each of the three different main plots for the body of your song.

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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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