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This blog is about the little things that make a song great.

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PaulCanuck

Some songwriters advise us to give a song room to breathe, give it space, and make it less busy.

While I agree this good advice, I also like to think - give things a chance to "sink in".

 

Often listening to lyrics is like drinking from a fire hose. You can't do it, so plenty of water doesn't make it down your throat :)

To avoid this, we need to meter out the lyric so it gets absorbed by the listener's brain, not discarded because the listener isn't ready for more information.

A repeating chorus, a musical interlude or even a stop or breakdown in the song can give the listener a break.

 

Is there a poignant line in the lyric of your song?

Is there a climax in the storyline?

Is new information flowing too fast for a typical listener to keep up?

 

If so, add some room to allow things to sink in. You'll make a better connection to your listeners if you do :)

 

 

 

PaulCanuck

The Sweet Spot

This is my first blog entry on the nuances of a song.

 

Have you ever noticed that a lot of songs have a Sweet Spot? What I mean by sweet spot is - a small musical or lyrical passage that we can't get enough of hearing. I don't mean a "hook" which is repeated for us, but a special place in the song that hits us emotionally.

Maybe it's where a new instrument comes in, maybe it's a James Brown "Uuuuh", maybe a stop, a slow down, a speed up.

I used to listen to a particular jazz number on my car stereo that had a snare hit, all by itself, that led into a new section of the song. I would listen to that hit, then back it up a few seconds, and do this repeatedly just to experience that one snare hit over and over. Often people talk of the "climax" happening 7/8 of the way through a song, and maybe that is a sweet spot for many, but I quite often pick a different spot than that for my sweet spot.

 

 

Regardless of what you decide your song's lyrical/musical arrangement will be, I think it will be a better song if it has a Sweet Spot.  :)

 

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