How I Approach the Lyrics Writing to My Mental Health Song Cycle

When I chose to write a song cycle to ChangeDirection.org‘s Five Signs of Suffering, I faced a few questions. One of them was about what point of view I was going to write from.  I took on the project because five seemed a good number and the subject matter was dear …

Music Brings People Together

If you’ve been to a large rock concert, then you know the scene.  People up on their feet, clapping together to the rhythm.  The singer tells the audience to scream, and they do.  Then s/he says “you gotta do better than that!” and the audience screams louder. We create communities …

Songwriting Analysis: U2 “Where the Streets Have No Name”

U2 stirs up deep emotions with this anthem from openness to fragility to hope.  Here are some songwriting techniques we can observe in this song: Changing the meter: intro vs. the main song A series of downward melodies fill the chorus to create a settling, comforting effect Matching a minor …

The Biggest Missed Opportunity in Writing Songs for Impact

If you are writing songs with lyrics, and if your goal is to create an emotional impact, then this is perhaps one of the fundamental concepts that you’ll want to keep in mind.  This is such an often-missed opportunity (even among songs that are very impactful already), though it is …