By Christopher Ward
We’re almost halfway through the challenge! It’s been great to see all the songwriting and networking that has been happening on Facebook and on our blog. Hope you will enjoy this week’s assignment.
It’s easy to get caught up in using the age-old forms when writing a song – Verse/Chorus/Verse/Chorus/Bridge/Chorus. Yes, it works, but sometimes you can freshen up your writing and find yourself going down new pathways if you mix it up a bit. Something as simple as starting with the chorus like so many Beatle songs did (‘Cant Buy Me Love’, ‘Please Please Me’) and like Maroon 5 do in ‘Payphone’, can pull a listener in very quickly because they don’t have to wait for the big hook.
Using odd line lengths or unexpected rhyme schemes can get you out of a rut too. Remember – you can always get back in the box and colour inside the lines another time!
Deadline is March 10
Take a look at the video below and do the following assignment, posting in the comment section below:
1. Identify your common songwriting ruts. Why are these structures/forms comfortable for you?
2. Write a song that breaks 1 or more of these “rules.”
3. Have fun writing outside the box!