Everything in your song's lyric should point toward the hook suggests Cliff Goldmacher in his weekly songwriting tutorial. A song should be designed with the chorus as the focal point. Everything that you do in your verses and in your bridge should be designed to move the listener in the direction of your song's main message or hook.
- Don't forget that everything…in your lyric points to the hook.…Songs are designed with the chorus, or the hook,…as the focal point.…Everything you do in your verses and your bridge…should be designed to point to that hook and chorus.…If we're going to use a joke as the analogy,…your verses and your bridge are like the setup…for your punchline, which is the chorus or your hook.…New York New York in our song example is the hook.…All of the lyric talks about the city that doesn't sleep,…king of the hill, little town blues,…if I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere.…
New York New York is the hook,…and everything points towards it.…
Listen to the songs Cliff references in the course by subscribing to his Spotify playlist, Cliff's Weekly Songwriting Tips.
- Writing lyrics that are easy to sing
- Putting the message in the chorus
- Being productive at home
- Putting the hook at the end of the chorus
- Keeping rhyme schemes consistent
- Using repetition in melodies
- Making rough recordings
- Reading poetry for inspiration
- Writing at a regular time
- Taking a weekly writing assignment
- Cutting down a song's length
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