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SongCat Shares: Personification in Songwriting

September 26, 2016
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Personification in Songwriting by André Douglas from SongCat, guest blogger. Sponsored content for the Songwriters Association of Canada from the SongCat Team.

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Portrait of professional songwriter working in studio

What is Personification in Songwriting?

Without realizing it, personification is used pretty often in everyday language. If you were to start recording all your conversations, you would probably be surprised at how many times you used this figure of speech.

What is Personification?

It is a literary device that is used to give human or living qualities to inanimate objects, animals or concepts. It’s really a form of metaphor but on a more relatable level. As a result, using personification when crafting your lyrics can cause them to be more memorable and help the listener relate more to the message you’re sending.

In using personification, some of the human qualities most often transferred in lyrics are emotions, physical characteristics, and actions. Let’s look at a few examples that depict each.

Emotions

“This love is killing me/ But you’re the only one” from “It’s not Over” by Daughtry. In this line, love is expressed as having a devastating effect. As it stands, many will argue that love can actually kill, so go figure.

Physical Characteristics

“She was a fast machine, she kept her motor clean” from “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC. Long before Rihanna sang “Shut up and Drive” AC/DC was comparing automobiles to lovers as can be seen in this opening line. This lyric also shows that personification can be reversed; as in likening a human to an object rather than the other way around.

Actions

“Baby/ I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey” from “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal. The artist clearly wasn’t talking about a girl called Rose here. However, the giving of roses and other flowers is often associated with warm, fuzzy feelings, much like receiving a kiss from a lover.
Using personification in music often comes effortlessly, but songwriters need to be mindful of not bordering on exaggeration. Crossing that line means you run the risk of losing your listeners.
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SongCat shares: Producing a Successful Demo

September 19, 2016
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Producing a Successful Demo by Talia Wooldridge, guest blogger.  Originally published September 13, 2016 as sponsored content from the Songwriters Association of Canada for the SongCat Team.

The Benefits Of Collaboration For Songwriters

September 8, 2016
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Written by: Christopher Smith

Sponsored Content by Music Gateway Guest Blogger

When I think of songwriting. I think of Creativity. Words, Experiences, Storytelling, A good catchy melody over a good beat.

Collaboration is beneficial for songwriters for a number of reasons.

#1 You increase your chances for the song being successful. If you look at the songs in the charts at the moment, you’ll notice that 99% if not all of them are collaborations. Each collaborator you work with has their own network, friend circles, previous collaborations, the motivation for success. If each person is happy with the final demo, then they will work just as hard as you to get it heard, noticed, published etc. Because it’s in their best interest to, also.

#2 You have access to your collaborator’s life, experiences, thoughts, ups, and downs. This can make your songs more relatable.

#3 You can bring your strengths to the process and allow the other person to bring their own. If you’re a top-liner and are good at melodies then you can leave space for the others to use their strengths. (Instruments, production etc.)

#4 You don’t have time or room to be self-critical, objective or a perfectionist. In a collaborative setting, writing sessions usually have a limit of 2-3 hours before it starts to get monotonous and boring.

#5 It’s fun, you might just enjoy it. Please don’t forget songwriting is a creative process and should be enjoyed, especially in a collaborative setting. Open a bottle of wine, or buy some beers or cakes to the session. It’ll help to break the ice and remind you to keep the fun element about things. Coffee is good too. Checkout our top pointers on growing as a songwriter here.

Extra Tip 1- Change your setting…

I dare you to write somewhere different, a change of scenery is good for creativity, and being outside with fresh air is better than being restricted by the 4 walls of the studio.

Extra Tip 2. – Splits.

Splits are something that is important to every songwriter but is sometimes fearful to be discussed. My advice is to remove the elephant in the room from the beginning. Enter the collaboration with a blank/template of a contract so that you only need to fill out names and percentages, or send it in an email after. An easy way to do this is to split everything equally between the people in the session. This eliminates all anxieties about not being paid enough for your contribution. Another way is to discuss it before you even meet, (planning stages) for example in an email, text or call.

Check out the countless collaboration projects we have coming into the site daily and connect to a like-minded industry professional today. From collaborating with budding songwriters or hungry producers, you’re bound to find something relevant to you. You can sign up to Music Gateway and pitch to opportunities for free however an exclusive offer to S.A.C. members only, (to click through you must be logged into songwriters.ca Members V.I.P. Area) special 30% off Music Gateway premium annual account memberships (Pro and Business Annual) which gives you a variety more benefits. For regular Music Gateway pricing sign up today.

SongCat shares: The Art of Writing Bluegrass Songs and Exclusive Offer

August 10, 2016
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S.A.C. 4X4 Songwriting and Blogging Challenge Tip #8

July 29, 2016
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S.A.C. 4X4 Songwriting and Blogging Challenge Tip #7

July 26, 2016
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Challenge #4: Tying Two Tunes Together

July 25, 2016
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Week #4: July 24 – 31, 2016
Challenge #4: Tying Two Tunes Together

By: Emma-Lee

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Final Challenge

Take two songs you’ve worked on in the past (these may be complete songs, or songs that you were never able to quite finish) and marry them; take bits and pieces from two of your incomplete songs to create one whole new song.

Why is this challenge important to the craft of songwriting?

Too often we give up on fragments of songs and ideas and never imagine that these forgotten threads might be spectacular when reinvented with the right lyric or melody from a different fragment. Some of the most interesting compositions come from finding two completely separate songs that end up being perfect for each other.

Challenge tips

  • Try taking the pre-chorus from one unfinished song idea and sing over or lay on top of a totally different existing chord progression. Alter the notes to fit the chords and key but use the same movement in your phrasing.
  • Take the pre-chorus from one idea and see if this works with an existing chorus you have from another song start.
  • Try cherry picking the best melodic moments from a few of your unfinished song starts and creating a whole new song out of them. If you’re working with some recording software, try singing or playing some of the different melodies and then moving them around in different order until you find something that excites you!

Good luck!
Emma – Lee

In order to successfully complete this challenge you are required to: 

1) Write and record a song following the description of the week #4 Challenge
2) Write a blog post about your experience and post this on your own blog
3) Upload your song to SoundCloud or any other MP3 hosting site
4) Post the link to your blog post and the link to your song as a comment reply on this blog post by 11:59pm EST on Sunday July 31, 2016 – extended deadline. (Click on “Leave A Reply” at the bottom of this Challenge post, please put your full name and your email address in the appropriate fields). *

*Please note that the weekly Challenge will always be posted on our blog the Monday following, so if you complete your song before that, please hold on to your submissions until we notify you of the blog post.

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