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

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LYRICAL HANGOVERS

Watch out for lyric phrases that hang over to the next melody line instead of ending with their own melodic phrase

There are many ways to envision how a song is built. We’ve already talked about the song as a wheel, with the title at its hub and each lyric line as a spoke. Another image we like to use is a tower of building blocks. We’ve all tried at some time in our childhood to see how high we could stack our wooden blocks before the tower tumbled.

Being the instinctive scientists we are, we soon figure out that the tower stands better if the biggest block is on the bottom and the blocks get smaller as the tower gets higher. We also see that the tower is more stable if the blocks are placed directly over the ones below. ...

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