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The Songwriter's Idea Book by Sheila Davis

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STRATEGY THIRTY-NINEThe Social Statement as Plot Device

Some Background

Sometimes when the headlines get too much and we feel overwhelmed by humanity's failings, a song results. The act of writing serves to lessen a sense of frustration. The biggest satisfaction, of course, comes from getting the message to the public. When the songwriter is also a recording artist, then the world readily gets a “Jack and Diane,” or an “Allentown” or “Another Day in Paradise.” When you're a nonperformer writer, the process may be a bit slower, but your statement can still get out there as “40-Hour Week for a Living” and “Who Will Answer” attest.

Some Social Statement Songs
Eve of DestructionThe Times They Are A-Changin'
Blowin' in the WindJack and Diane
Brother, ...

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