Writing With Images: John Mayer
& Sara Bareilles

Using images in your lyrics  is a quick and powerful way to connect with listeners. Let’s take a look at a couple of strong image-based song lyrics. To find them, we need look no further than today’s successful singer-songwriters. This style relies heavily on the use of images to express personal experiences and emotions.

SONG #1: “SLOW DANCING IN A BURNING ROOM” – JOHN MAYER
Writer: John Mayer

Read the lyric here.

Watch on YouTube.

 

IMAGES IN THE SONG

THE TITLE IMAGE: The title of this song is an intensely powerful visual image. Who can resist picturing this couple and the destruction happening around them? Continue reading

It’s 2018 and my newsletter is baaaack!

2018Sooooo, 2017 turned out to be the year I finally created my online course “Shortcuts to Great Song Lyrics.” I worked my tail off and I’m very proud of the way it turned out. (You can find out more by clicking here.) But because I was so focused on the course, I let the newsletter languish in a dark corner somewhere at the back of my closet. I apologize to the newsletter and to you.

Well, I’m back now and I’m making a few changes. This year I’m going to break up the newsletter into two parts – a song tip and a song guide – and send one of them out each month, instead of trying to do both of them together.  My emails were so long they were turning into ebooks!

My January 2018 newsletter is out now and has FIVE great tips for making 2018 your most creative, productive year ever! If you sign up for my newsletter before Feb. 7, you’ll get them in your inbox just like that!

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May your songs flow in 2018!

Robin

Songwriting Newsletter Is Out Now

Songwriting TipsMy latest newsletter is filled with useful, hands-on songwriting info and a secret songwriting trick I can’t wait to share with you! It’s so packed with tips and ideas to inspire you, it’s almost like getting a free eBook delivered to your inbox.

Song Tip: “Using Trigger Words” – Don’t miss this great tip! Listeners are ALWAYS distracted, especially the first few times they hear your song. But there are words that can get your song’s message across effortlessly. No matter how busy or noisy their world might be, listeners will hear the emotion, the character, and the situation at the heart of your song.

Alessia Cara

Study the HitsThree current hits that use Trigger Words and Key Lines. Find out how these hit songwriters use words that capture listeners and bring them back to listen again and again.

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