Ever read any of Stephen King’s books?
Yes, this has to do with songwriting.
I’m not big on horror.
But I love a good mystery.
I love to be toyed with.
Some tension to keep me in the game.
Mr. King, in the privacy of his home there in Maine does this every single day.
First of all. He writes, every day.
But more than that, he knows the art of writing in such a way; it toys with your sense of expectation.
Your sense of fulfillment or tension and release.
Boy, if you want a good book, which isn’t horror at all.
Go get: 11-22-63.
Not many books I can’t put down, but if I could have, I’d have stayed up the entire 30-hours to listen to the audio book.
It was the incredible attraction of tension, and release.
The expectation candy.
That’s what makes his books so much different than so many writers.
And, that’s what can help make you a different songwriter than others.
Build in an expectation, or toy with the ear.
And one way that is done is through how words are placed in a verse…
How they play out in the mouth…
The dance they do around the beat of a song.
Think its just happenstance some songs are better than others?
Think it’s just a good story or melody?
Hopefully not, or the road to good writing ended for you long ago.
You’ll look at some examples in June’s Tune Booster.
Plus, word stress problems even hit- writers fall prey to.
But you won’t…
Not if you follow my six fixes.