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

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TOO MUCH IS MORE THAN ENOUGH

Don’t include song parts or lyrics that don’t add to the forward motion of the song

Abraham Lincoln couldn’t have been talking about a songwriter when he said, “He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I ever met.” Songs are like diamonds, concentrated and crystal clear. You could say that writing a song is like wringing out a dishrag: You have to squeeze and twist until you get out every excess drop. Consider this song:

Summer Storms

Summer storms and memories

seem to get the best of me

and I’m hoping that this wine

will help get you off my mind

I’m drinking to forget the past

keep my world from spinning so fast

but when I get it spinning slow

your memory just won’t go

I see ...

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