By reading poetry, you'll expose yourself to rich language, great imagery, and powerful and unusual verbs among other things. In this weekly online songwriting video, professional songwriter Cliff Goldmacher recommends reading a poem every morning to jump-start your mind with condensed powerful words. This can be a huge help when it comes to your lyric writing.
- Ready poetry.…It helps.…Reading a poem every morning is extremely useful…for your songwriting.…Something about the richness of the language…and the great imagery and the powerful…and really unusual verbs that are used,…this is kind of the musical equivalent…of taking a vitamin everyday.…Personally, I used to try and read poetry…in the afternoons when I was already a little bit…into my day and I had a really hard time focusing,…but reading one poem, and by the way,…Billy Collins happens to be one of my favorite poets…and somebody who I read almost every day.…
Doing this in the morning really helped me focus…and put me on the right track for a great day of writing.…
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
Skill Level Beginner
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