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- I write Lyrics and Music
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- U2, REM, Counting Crows, The Feelers, Nirvana.
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Posted 2 Jul 2012
Quotemarrying them to music while they are being written is much more important then making sure they are perfect poems.
Who said anything about perfect poems? Some of us do write in this way (with the music) and some don't. Either can work. Some genres are far more lyric-driven than others. There is no single "right" way.
But yeah.. a good lyric is not necessarily a "perfect poem" - but neither is it always unimportant. In folk, for example, the lyric is critical.
What I'm saying is the vast majority of lyric writers on this site never take their "poems' to the intended finish...a song.
They get sidetracked by trying to make them read perfect, then they think that is a song.
Making them work with music is an afterthought and a perfect lyric doesn't mean its going to work as a song.
I know you know this, and yes I know writing music to finished lyrics can work as I've done it.
I just think most folks are missing the big picture...which is to end up with a song.
man I wish this forum had a thanks or rep giver (or something similar). This here folks is the post of this thread. A perfectly read lyric doesn't mean it will work in a song. And a written lyric is not a song because its the music and nmelody that tie it together andturn the words into a song. Before that happens its just words and phrases on paper - in essence a poem. Not a song.
Posted 1 Jul 2012
ok, I read the first page and then skipped to here. I have a feeling the convo is pretty much the same all the way thru.
For one, I tried using the template but I couldn't really express how the lyric made me feel thru a paint by numbers 'fill in the blanks' template. This is lyric writing people not 1 plus 1 equals 2. Long lyrics, short lyrics, lyrics that are a p1ss take and serious ones alike all have merit if written well and shouldn't have to be critiqued via a template. Its been a while since I visited here and after critiquing a few lyrics and posting one of my own I'm just not feeling the vibe. I can't believe people turn away from threads if they believe the lyric isn't worth it. WTF is up with that? Surely if you are a senior member on here and have great songwriting chops you are the BEST person to critique a lyric even a bad one. I have just come out of a 5 years songwriting hiatus and have words and melodies oozing out of every pore and this use to be the place to get quality feedback. I hope that is still the case.
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