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Writing More Lyrics



I've been getting back to writing some lyrics. At the moment I have about twenty songs with incomplete or no lyrics yet. I'm really happy with the musical direction of the songs but getting the lyrics written takes a deliberate effort for me. Music always comes naturally.

So now I have melodies and chords and rhythm, and a few ideas and concepts, occasional lines and one or two verse/chorus combos. I know what to do, and how I will do it. Now I just need to get to it :)

My pet hate is weher lyrically I come up with a verse I think is good, but haven't thought through what the song is about. It makes writing the chorus harder and selecting a title. I prefer now to work the other way, starting with a message, then thinking of the vehicle for that message i.e. the concept/theme/story that I will use to convey the message. Selecting a title flows out of the combination of the message and the theme, and that helps give me the chorus and so on.

Unfortunately that conflicts with the way I use sounds and meaningless words to help express a melody during the early stages of a song. The meainingless words have a habit of taking on meaning as the melody evolves and words tend to be chosen as suggested by the melody, so the verse or chorus lyric may evolve.

Anyway, back to writing some lyrics... :)




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