In songwriting, it's the details and imagery in your lyric that capture your listeners' attention. Cliff Goldmacher, a veteran songwriter, suggests in his weekly songwriting tutorial that this tried and true device goes a long way towards drawing your listener in. The more imagery and details you use in your verses the more likely you are to communicate your song's story in a potent and interesting way.
- Use imagery and details in your verses.…In all storytelling it's the details…that capture an audience's attention.…Details, especially in your verses,…really further your song's story.…It's a tried and true device for drawing in your listener.…Even better, if your details can take the form…of images, you'll be that much more likely…to communicate your message in a potent…and interesting way.…The expression "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words"…exists for a reason.…
In our song example, Talladega,…in verse one, which starts about 12 seconds…into the song,…they use images and details like…"the summer before the real world started."…or "daddy's old Winnebego" or "down 65",…talking about the highway,…or "four bald tires" or "Billy smilin'".…In verse two, at a minute and 14 seconds,…it's "shootin' Roman candles at the man in the moon"…or "Alabama sun"…These are great details and great images.…
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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