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About phantomengineer

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    Tom - The New Hampshire Version
  • Birthday 08/16/1988

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  1. I have several requirements when I write a lyric: - I feel that lyrics should tell some sort of story - listeners/readers must come away knowing something they previously didn't. Also, it must be something that both myself as a lyricist, and other people as an audience, would care about. Do people want to hear about my smelly socks? Probably not. I do my best to avoid all cliches. Nothing kills a good lyric for me more than cliches. I ask myself - "have i told this story before?" The idea for the lyric must be new, or must be from a new perspective, or bring something fresh to the proverbial table. As several people have mentioned in this thread already, the lyrics must have some discernible rhythm that myself or other musician could put to a melody. Lastly, all the words in the lyric must contribute to the overall lyric. Rhyming strictly for the sake of rhyming is forbidden. Hope that answers the question for you, Lazz.
  2. Ol' Man River - Kern/Hammerstein
  3. Red House - Jimi Hendrix
  4. When The Ship Comes In - Bob Dylan
  5. Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
  6. Leave Your Bags By The Door - Shannon McNally
  7. Treat Me Like A Saturday Night - Joe Ely
  8. Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect - The Decemberists
  9. The hook for me is usually lyrical to begin with (simply because I almost always work lyrics-first). It is a line that usually encapsulates an idea, message, or story and which can be used as a centerpiece to construct the rest of the song. Sometimes this hook will find it's way into the chorus, but oftentimes it will serve as the final line to the final verse or bridge, to drive home the point of the song. Roughly what time on the 15th, John?
  10. Back in Black - AC/DC
  11. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - Sonny Boy Williamson
  12. Welcome aboard man!
  13. Come On Into My Kitchen - Robert Johnson
  14. Seven Turns - Allman Brothers
  15. Hey Alistair I may be repeating the post. My computer's acting funny; I'm not sure if this post has been posted already. If so, I apologize. In my last post, I actually moved from the hypothetical on to the actual (the mother example is a real, true example from my life of trying to find that happy balance between the song and people's feelings). I write what I write, that can't be helped. But, if it was something that I knew would make for some truly uncomfortable Christmas dinners, I simply would not play the song in public.