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The Songwriter's Idea Book by Sheila Davis

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STRATEGY TWENTY - THREEThe Duet as Framing Device

Some Background

Duets come in two distinct categories: 1) In which the singers are in accord; and 2) In which the singers are in conflict.

I want to distinguish between lyrics designed as duets by writers, and records arranged as duets by record producers. Sometimes songs have successful duet records–for example, “On My Own” and “You Don't Bring Me Flowers”–without their lyrics reflecting any inherent duet quality. The objective here is to design a duet. Purposefully designed duets are uncommon–another of those underutilized strategies.

Titles of “Accord” Duets
SomewhereUp Where We Belong
ReunitedEbony and Ivory
Friends and LoversThanks for the Memory
Separate LivesWe're a Couple of Swells

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