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The Songwriter's Idea Book by Sheila Davis

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STRATEGY TENStarting With “And …”

The Strategy's Advantage

What, you may wonder, is the advantage of starting a title or lyric with a word that lacks meaning. My response: “And…” offers a means to thrust your character into the middle of something, into the heat of the action, the debate, the emotion.… That single word might also prompt a more personal, or more original lyric than you may yet have written.

Some And … Examples

And … songs are special—not only for their rarity but for their distinctiveness. For example, Paul Simon's “Mrs. Robinson”: “And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson,/Jesus loves you more than you will know….”; is a compelling opening to a memorable song. And … songs also frequently introduce uncommon themes. For instance, Joe Raposo's ...

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