Cliff Goldmacher, veteran songwriter, reminds you that your song's chorus is the place to put the main message you're trying to communicate. In this weekly songwriting tutorial, he suggests that the chorus lyric should be designed to drive home the theme of your song. This is the moment in the song where your listener will learn your song's point.
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- Make sure your chorus contains…the main message of your song.…This may sound obvious, but we get so wrapped up…in the story we're telling in our lyric,…we forget that our chorus is the spot where we should…take a moment and get to the point.…The chorus is the place where we take our song's message,…tie it to a baseball bat,…and beat the heck out of our listeners with it.…In the song example we're using,…the song "See You Again," the chorus starts…at about 10 seconds into the song and summarizes…the message of the song right away.…
Tell you about it when I see you again.…That's the song's main message.…The verses are wrapped, and it's all the details,…but everything is summed up in that chorus.…
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