Friday, 1 August 2014

Ticket 38: Use An ABCCC Rhyme Scheme


A - He roller coaster, He got early warning
B - He got Muddy Water, He one Mojo filter
C - He say, "One and one and one is three"
C - Got to be good looking, cause he so hard to see
C - Come together, right now, over me

John Lennon is the only person I've come across to use this scheme. Why not be the second? Or at least a member of a very exclusive club...

Come Together

See also

Ticket 23: Write Fewer Lyrics
Ticket 24: Use Parallel Lyrics
Ticket 26: Use An AABA Structure
Ticket 49: Employ Madrigalism
Ticket 54: Unify Your Lyrical Imagery/Extended Metaphor
Ticket 67: Repeat Verse 1

See the full list of songwriting tips here - Tickets To Write


Mae West: You Can't Do That!


The version of Day Tripper by Mae West on Way Out West is actually not that bad...until her backing band Somebody's Chyldren let loose in the solo.

Sounds like somebody needs a time out.


You can get this track on Golden Throats 4: Celebrities Butcher the Beatles where you can also hear Joe Pesci sing Got To Get You Into My Life. (Click here for the NSFW Goodfellas video).


Thursday, 31 July 2014

Ticket 37: The Lennon Edit


In the words of Ian MacDonald, John Lennon suffered from “A thoughtful impatience…a keenness to draw in the slack” (RGTTB p.370) and what appear to be odd time signature are often better understood as John's eagerness to get to the next line of vocals. So apply this songwriting trick by looking at your vocal line and simply remove beats or whole bars at points where there are gaps.

All You Need Is Love
Any Time At All
Good Day Sunshine
Good Morning Good Morning
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
I Me Mine
Julia
Savoy Truffle - verse 1 & 2
She Said She Said
The End
You Never Give Me Your Money

also

Country Blues and Folk tunes (especially as performed by solo guitarists), Advertising jingles, TV theme tunes

See also

Ticket 15: Change Time Signatures Between Sections
Ticket 29: Use Polyrhythms
Ticket 36: Emphasise Key Lyrics By Changing Chord On Every Syllable Or Word
Ticket 52: The Lennon Extension
Ticket 61: Don't Bore Us, Get To The Weirdness

See the full list of songwriting tips here - Tickets To Write


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Ticket 36: Emphasise Key Lyrics By Changing Chord On Every Syllable Or Word


A great way to add drama to your song. If it's too fast to shift chords try moving the bassline beneath the chords instead.

Julia - verse
I'm So Tired
Savoy Truffle
The End

also

Tracks Of My Tears – bridge (Smokey Robinson)

See also

Ticket 11: Play The Vocal Rhythm
Ticket 27: Place Your Main Lyric On The Highest Point Of The Melody
Ticket 30: Emphasise Key Lyrics By Having The Whole Band Drop Out

See the full list of songwriting tips here - Tickets To Write

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Ticket 35: Use 12 Bar Long Sections In Non 12 Bar Blues Songs



Most song sections are 8, 16 or even 32 bars long. Try writing one that's 12 bars. The connection with the blues can subconsciously take the edge off the weirdness.

Don't Bother Me
Don't Pass Me By
Fool On The Hill
I'm So Tired

See also

Ticket 19: Different Bar Blues
Ticket 33: Subvert A 12 Bar Blues By Altering The Chord Sequence
Ticket 34: Disguise A 12 Bar Blues Song By Avoiding The AAB Lyric Structure

See the full list of songwriting tips here - Tickets To Write

Monday, 28 July 2014

Ticket 34: Disguise A 12 Bar Blues Song By Avoiding The AAB Lyric Structure


One of the things that makes the traditional version of the 12 bar blues so easy to spot is repeating the first line then answering it with a rhyming third line (eg Yer Blues or Killing Floor by Howlin' Wolf). So muddy the waters ... by avoiding that cliché.

For You Blue
I'm Down
One After 909
Paperback Writer
She's A Woman
The Ballad Of John And Yoko
The Word
Why Don't We Do It In The Road
You Can't Do That

also

Guitar Man (Elvis Presley)
Johnny Be Goode (Chuck Berry)
Peggy Sue (Buddy Holly)
Run Rudolph Run (Chuck Berry)
Surfin' USA (Beach Boys)
Tush (ZZ Top)

See also

Ticket 19: Different Bar Blues
Ticket 33: Subvert A 12 Bar Blues By Altering The Chord Sequence
Ticket 35: Use 12 Bar Long Sections In Non 12 Bar Blues Songs


See the full list of songwriting tips here - Tickets To Write

Songwriting Academy News - No Bull!

Not sure 'John' rhymes with 'LenNON' but British Rapper Dan Bull is right - if you want to be a great writer you should "write and write and write" so...

...in the name of furthering musical knowledge (and giving BSA a spring clean) I'll be posting a daily songwriting tip aka Ticket To Write