The concrete details in verses are what draw your listeners in. Cliff Goldmacher, industry veteran, recommends using images and details to tell your song's story. In this online songwriting course, Cliff also mentions that these details can be referred to as furniture. When it comes to your song's verses, the more details the better.
- Rule number three,…use concrete details and imagery in your verses.…It's these details that really help situate your listener…and gets them into the story.…I've also heard these details called "furniture".…When it comes to…really allowing a listener to get an image of your song,…it's those details that are going…to do that heavy lifting for you.…In the song example that we've been referencing,…even using simple words like butterflies and rainbows…just helps the listener understand the message.…
We have a tendency as songwriters…to think so much in emotional terms…that we forget that details and imagery…can do so much in that regard.…When it comes to our Grammy award winning song example,…I think the song Royals by Lorde does an incredible job…of using details and imagery…to really help the listener understand where they are.…Give it a listen.…
- Writing lyrics that are conversational and natural
- Making every line count
- Putting your song's hook at the end of a chorus
- Creating simple and unique melodies
- Keeping song intros short and longer verses at the beginning of a song
Skill Level Beginner
1. Ten Rules for Lyrics
2. Five Rules for Melodies
3. Five Rules for Song Structure
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