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I bought a book called "the Illustrated Home Recording Handbook" from a bargain bin in a London music store when I was there in 2005. It includes a chapter on songwriting that I feel somewhat ambigious about. There's no denying that some of the tips may be useful, but there's still something rotten about it all. It starts with a sort of a disclaimer: ”For the purpose of this exercise, we will take the traditional view of a 'pop' song as the kind of a three-and-a-half minute piece you will hear on daytime MTV or VH1, with a catchy chorus and a foot-tapping groove” and then goes on to state that ”You may want to experiment, break the rules and gain some niche-market credibility, but it is worth having a go at the traditional format [...], it's tricky to do well and represents a real challenge”. So this is what we are working with. Here's what they are suggesting for the lyrics:

”- A lyric is not a poem. Make sure that the words work well with the music rather than worrying about whether Shakespeare would approve.” Ouch.

”– In terms of your song's ’message’, you can do one of the following:

Say something – ’I can't get no satisfaction’ (The Rolling Stones)
Say nothing – ’Ob-la-di-Ob-la-da’ (The Beatles)
Do a mixture of both – ’Wo oh wo oh yeah yeah, I love you more than I can say’ (Leo Sayer)” Stop torturing me, book!

It also explains what to do when you're stuck with the lyrics: ”[...] write about something everyone can relate to, for example, falling in love/having a crush, hating work, getting your revenge on someone who has cheated on you, a new dance move you have invented”. Really? I find it very likely that this book has many real atrocities to answer for.
written by Mattias
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We come and we goo-la-la-laa we come and we gooo.. osv.
posted by   Seeecrets
Jag tror att beskrivningarna motsvarar ganska väl minst hälften av det man ser och hör på "daytime MTV or VH1". Därmed inte sagt att det skulle utgöra all pop i världen. BTW: Har alltid tyck att Beatles har varit uppskattade lite i överkant när det kommer till deras lyriker. Det är en hel del obladi-oblada där...
posted by   Jan
Ser framemot låten om dina nya dance moves.
posted by   Sam
I cannot remember the last time I invented a dance move.
posted by   thom
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