Professional songwriter, Cliff Goldmacher, recommends trying a nonsense word or two in your lyric from time to time. In this songwriting tip from his weekly online course, Cliff suggests that well-placed nonsense words in your song make it memorable and fun to sing. Taking yourself and your songs less seriously can produce great results.
- Try using a nonsense word or two in your lyric. When it comes to a catchy lyric, a good whoa whoa or ooh ooh can go a long way towards making your song memorable. As songwriters, we forget that we don't need to use complicated words or phrases to make our point. A well-placed nonsense word is not only fun to sing, but it gives your listeners a moment to digest your other lyrics, and there's no shame in this. Take yourself a little less seriously and try it sometime.
Our song example, "Uptown Funk," they do this at the very beginning of the song. That doh doh doh that they do right at the top, you know exactly what song it is, and I dare you not to sing along.
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