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The Songwriter's Idea Book by Sheila Davis

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STRATEGY TWENTYThe Letter as Framing Device

The Function

Like the framing device of the phone call, the letter (or note left behind) serves to make the message both more effective and the song more memorable. The two strategies, though similar in function, have attributes which may make one preferable to the other–depending on your plot. As always, content dictates form.

Phone Call Vs. Letter: Some Subtleties

As you saw in the previous section, phone calls are generally made to those we know and thus tend to frame lyric plots of an intimate nature. Another potential plus for a phone call over a letter is the ability that exists to show, through the singer's responses, what the person on the other end may have said. (It's this feature of the phone ...

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