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The Songwriter's Idea Book by Sheila Davis

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STRATEGY FORTYThe Inspirational Song as Plot Device

Perhaps the greatest reward of songwriting lies in the implicit knowledge that our songs wield the power to affect positively with lyrics that can provide emotional support and hope and inspiration.

Every song conveys a message. The kind of message your song conveys will, of course, embody your personal values: Paul Overstreet, “I write songs that encourage people to work out their problems and remain faithful to their marriage vows and things like that.” Tracy Chapman, “The message I'm trying to convey is positive and hopeful.” Bruce Springsteen, “If I'm doing my job right, I help people hold on to their own humanity.”

Some Songs That Inspire
I BelieveWe Shall Overcome
I Saw God TodayAc-cent-tchu-ate ...

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