Music AND lyrics

Good music writers are a dime a dozen, but what about lyric writers?  Truly great ones are harder to find.  I’ve discovered over the years that with beginning songwriters, the lyric is given much less attention than the music.  If music is what you love, then find a strong lyric writer to collaborate with and focus on what you enjoy.  But it you really want to grow as a songwriter, then practice your lyric writing, and play around with it … learn to enjoy that process as much as you enjoy creating music.  All too often we find trite and cliche lyrics that are really downright boring.  Work on lyrical hooks and proper repetition, internal rhyme.  Write something meaningful that at least moves the heart, if not the heart and the feet.  Study the classics.  Find out what makes them last for decades?


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