Improve Your Lyrics – Tip #44

A thing to consider as you write you lyrics is how you want the song to “live on,” in many forms or otherwise.  This comes from the fact that while you can have great lyrics, it won’t have any strength without good melodic writing or rhythmic phrasing/flow.

NOTE: this is no insult to hip/hop music or any musical genres that contain rap-style singing.  I enjoy that kind of music.  This is just to explain the limitations.

But say that you wrote a song that you hope people will enjoy so much that they’ll cover it.  In addition, you hope that people will do the cover versions in a variety of genres.  Instrumental, jazz, rock, folk, etc.

Unfortunately, that will be difficult if the lyrics do not have a proper melody.  If the lyrics just live on a single pitch, it will be hard to make the music “live on” without the lyrics.

Unless you are aiming for a hip-hop song, I suggest that as you are writing your lyrics you keep a melody in mind.

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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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