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101 Songwriting Wrongs and How to Right Them by Pete Luboff, Pat Luboff

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THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY

Be prepared to capture music and lyric ideas when they come

You’re having dinner at a crowded restaurant and the couple at the next table is experiencing a challenge in their relationship. You can tell by the way they’re discreetly yelling at each other, not loud enough to get thrown out but with sufficient volume for you to hear every word.

As a songwriter, you know it’s in your job description to eavesdrop on conversations. The basic, real-life emotions people express in their everyday relationships are the building blocks of songs that tap into the lives of your listeners. So you listen, and sure enough, one of the combatant lovers comes up with a great title in the middle of a heated sentence. You smile as you slice ...

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