Art of the Song

How do you start writing a lyric if you have the melody and chords finished?  You're home all alone sitting at the piano playing the song numerous times and trying to hear and feel how the song, the emotional quality of sound, speaks to you.  How does the song mean?  You're not writing a musical where you have a story to follow.  You don't have a particular scene in which the song would fit.  Where do you start?  Are you thinking in terms of what the market demands or are you trying to write to express your personal feelings.  All these kinds of decisions swirl through your head while you sit there frozen in deciding.  

So, perhaps, you create a scene in your mind.  A simple scene in which the song, the story, the emotion can find context.

I start by what James Joyce called, "The Stream Of Consciousness!"  I corral what is called the "editor" and put "it" in its proper place.

Start!!

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  • Richard Goodman

    Richard Goodman

    I enjoyed taking a valuable piano lesson last week. I've been practicing some of those new voicings. I'm working on developing a more sensitive touch. My email is richardgoodman10@gmail.com Would you be willing to share your personal email? I enjoy discussing piano issues with like minded players. If you are willing, I promise to only send occasionally so I won't be a burden. Thank you.

    I enjoyed taking a valuable piano lesson last week. I've been practicing some of those new voicings. I'm working on developing a more sensitive touch.

    My email is richardgoodman10@gmail.com Would you be willing to share your personal email? I enjoy discussing piano issues with like minded players. If you are willing, I promise to only send occasionally so I won't be a burden. Thank you.

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