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

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WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS A FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE

Talk openly with your co-writer about every aspect of the song

Sometimes one member of a collaborating team will come to our songwriting workshop to get feedback on a co-written song. Let’s say it’s the lyricist. We’ll play the song, and a participant in the workshop might say, “I think the melody was too upbeat for the subject matter. There’s no prosody [emotional agreement] between the lyrics and the melody.” Mr. or Ms. Lyricist often replies, “Oh, but that’s the melody. I didn’t write the melody.”

What happened in the collaboration to make the lyricist disown the melody? Wasn’t he allowed to give input on the writing of the melody? How can you create together if you can’t relate honestly ...

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