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

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STRANGER IN A STRANGE SONG

Check to see that your message is clear—not hidden between the lines

When we write a song, there is a lifetime of meaning behind it. Everything we are at the moment when we write it comes into play. We know what we’re talking about intimately. Naturally, we assume that everybody else should know what we mean.

Anyone who has tried to communicate complex emotions, even to those closest to us (or maybe especially to those closest to us), knows how hard it can be to be really understood. This is even more true when it comes to strangers. A stranger to your song doesn’t know you well enough to guess at what you’re trying to say. Your meaning has to be perfectly clear to the listener without the benefit of consulting ...

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