This book is unique in offering practical advice on writing song lyrics within a critically informed framework. Part I provides the theoretical underpinning, while Part II covers the creative process, pulling together all...Show More
This book is unique in offering practical advice on writing song lyrics within a critically informed framework. Part I provides the theoretical underpinning, while Part II covers the creative process, pulling together all the best songwriting advice and offering practical exercises.
Fusing creative guidance with rigorous criticism, this is an essential companion for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Songwriting, Creative Writing and Music. Lively and accessible, it is a one-stop shop for all aspiring songwriters.
- Includes student-friendly practical exercises to help develop lyric-writing skills
- Offers a critical assessment of the who, what and why of lyric writing
- Covers the theoretical background of lyric writing in addition to advice on the creative process
Part I Foundations 1. How important are lyrics in popular music? And who makes them important, the author, or the audience?
2. What should the popular lyric be discussing?
5. Getting a reaction
6. The extra-verbal elements of music
7. Technology and creativity
Part II Speculations 8. Inspiration/the grind – Getting the ideas
10. To rhyme or not to rhyme
11. Chord sequence
12. Marriage between words and music
15. Looking beyond.
Writing Song Lyrics is a lively and entertaining meditation on the art of songwriting; a joyous personal riff on a canon of beautiful songs which continue to inspire and colour our lives. – Richard Mills, St Mary’s University, UK
Writing Song Lyrics is a necessary and lively guide for the creative writing classroom. The authors analyze lyrics by legendary artists like the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and many others to illustrate the techniques of matching words to music. – Tami Haaland, Montana State University, USA
Writing Song Lyrics is indispensable for anyone who wants to take lyrics seriously and intelligently. Written in a clear and accessible style, it has good points for discussion, practical advice/exercises for writing, a wide range of reference and is written by experienced lyric writers. – Adrian May, University of Essex, UK
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- A Brief History of English Literature John Peck, Martin Coyle
- Postcolonial Literature Justin D. Edwards
- How to Write A Short Story (And Think About It) Robert Graham
- The Magic of Writing Adrian May
- A History of English Literature Michael Alexander
- Little Goody Two-Shoes and Other Stories Matthew Grenby
- Selected Tales for Children and Young People Susan Manly, Maria Edgeworth
- Writing Song Lyrics Glenn Fosbraey, Andy Melrose
- The Instinctive Screenplay Sam North
- Writing for the Screen Craig Batty, Zara Waldeback
- Writing Speculative Fiction Eugen Bacon
- Virginia Woolf - Mrs Dalloway Michael Whitworth