The importance of good lyric ideas
Getting topic ideas for writing lyrics can be quite difficult to say the least. The process of writing lyrics is a very subjective one and at the end of the day you are the only one that can make the choices. For me personally, writing the music always comes first. Writing lyrics is not my strength. It doesn’t come naturally to me and sometimes this frustrates me.
But of course I think everybody knows that good lyrics are essential when it comes to the emotional impact of your song. Because let’s be honest, instrumental music is beautiful, and can sometimes even speak more than words. But I think that everybody has experience the magic that good lyrics can have. It can send shivers down your spine, when words gracefully take you into a different world. Or when words that come straight from the heart can move somebody to tears.
About the video content:
In this video I talk about three writing techniques. One (Object Writing) I got from the amazing book ‘Writing Better Lyrics‘ by Pat Pattison. And the other two are my own techniques that I made up myself. I would say that Object Writing is more of a practical tool, while my other techniques tend to rely more on your personal imagination. But I think a combination of these three lyric writing techniques should always give you some results and lyric ideas.
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Below are the timestamps for the video in case you want to skip to a certain part or want to revisit a step.
0:00 – Intro
0:25 – About finding lyric topics
0:50 – Technique no.1: Object Writing
3:03 – Technique no.2: Imagining a situation
4:12 – Technique no.3: Going back in time