How to Write Lyrics That Are Both Meaningful and Memorable

The best lyrics say something meaningful in a memorable way. That’s the balance we’re all trying to strike in our writing. But often when we succeed in getting one half of the equation, we lack the other: Problem #1: Your lyrics sound poetic but say nothing Problem #2: Your lyrics say something but lack poetryContinue reading “How to Write Lyrics That Are Both Meaningful and Memorable”

In Songwriting, One Word is All it Takes

It never fails to fascinate me how one word can unlock an entire song. I was in the gym the other day and “Speechless” by Dan + Shay was playing. It was the first time I’d heard it, and it was instantly memorable. With that one word they did what so many of us songwritersContinue reading “In Songwriting, One Word is All it Takes”

On Writing Lyrics: Would you say it to a friend that way?

It’s hard to open yourself up sometimes in songwriting. We don’t want to look foolish. Or give away too much. Because of this mindset, we often obscure our lyrics. We try to “poeticize” them. Or substitute in fancy words or convoluted metaphors. But in most cases, the only person impressed by complicated writing is the person holdingContinue reading “On Writing Lyrics: Would you say it to a friend that way?”