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Lyric Mastery - The Art of Writing Song Lyrics

Melanie - Certified Story Grid Editor

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Ever wonder how to outline your lyrics and write about something meaningful to you in a way that other people get it? The LyricMastery Podcast is all about helping you look BEYOND lyric structure and form AND focus on what's important: your lyric's MESSAGE and how to deliver it........ I believe songs have the power to change lives. So give your lyrics the power to make an impact. In this podcast, you get amazing tools on how to craft, write, and revise your lyrics without hitting writer's b ...
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So, I recently dived into Netflix's documentary about Lewis Capaldi, titled "Lewis Capaldi: How I'm Feeling Now," and let me tell you, it was a rollercoaster of emotions - inspiring and tear-jerking in equal measure. >>> Download a Songwriter's Roadmap to Narrative Songwriting <<< >>> lyricmastery.com/21steps And in this episode, we talk about Lewi…
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How many of you have a message for the world, but you need help finding your voice or your audience? Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. I want you to imagine millions of people listening to your song. I want you to imagine thousands of people knocking your door down wanting to know when you come to their city to play them the song live because th…
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Lets move away from all those love songs we’ve talked about in the past because I recently had the pleasure to listen to the song “The Comeback” by the London-based musician Drew Davies. As stated on metaltalk.net, this song by Davies “is a call to arms for society's malcontents and a tip of the hat to an era of alternative greats such as David Bow…
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When you feel stuck in your songwriting, or in life in general, I’d like to share with you the approach that helped me. So if you feel stuck sometimes… maybe this helps. Support the show Would you like to join our FREE 3-hour Masterclass on ... The #1 Secret of Writing Timeless Hit Song Lyrics, and How You Can Do It, too. Go to lyricmastery.com/get…
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In today’s episode, we’re gonna explore what it looks when we write about facing a crisis. We’ve all been in a dilemma in our life, right? It’s when no matter what we choose, there’s always something to lose, but also something to gain. But it’s normal if we fear the loss more than having the potential to gain something. Being in a dilemma, there’s…
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Today, I wanna answer a question that I got recently asked in my Facebook Group. It’s from Hudson. And he asked: How can I combine every part of the song so that it contributes to one central meaning of the lyrics? That’s an awesome question, and let’s talk about it right now. Support the show Would you like to join our FREE 3-hour Masterclass on .…
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If you’re like me, you have something valuable to share. Something that matters. And that we know that can help someone who will listen to our song. And to get our message across in a way that bypasses a listener's critical mind, we have to wrap what we have to say into an experience. And we create that experience through the journey we send our so…
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Today, I wanna take the chance and introduce myself to you. Especially, I wanna tell you the story about the time in my life when I was completely lost, on my own, literally at the end of the world, and how one song gave me the strength to carry on… and what all of that taught me about what makes lyrics powerful. So it’s all about my journey, so to…
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You know, I always consider what happens in a powerful lyric like a journey. It’s basically about watching a character move from one point in their life to another. They are in a certain external or internal situation, and they wanna get from where they are to a better place. So there’s always this little journey that the song’s main character goes…
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In today’s episode, I want to talk with you about you, your purpose, and why we write lyrics. For me, when it comes to writing – no matter if it’s novels or lyrics – I use my words as the means to communicate with my audience and deliver a meaningful message that has the power to make an impact on them. And I guess, since you are here, you have the…
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In today’s episode, we’ll go through the lyrics of “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” by Thompson Square. And I tell you, as I first listened to the song. I thought: Quite nice. But I didn’t give the lyrics much thought. But now, after I have studied the lyrics and their storytelling power, I must say, I’m super surprised by how well-crafted those lyri…
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#043 - Welcome to part 3 of our mini-series of Attention-Grabbing Opening Lines. In episode 41 of the Stories in Songs Podcast, I’m gonna throw a lot of questions at you. Why? Listen to the show and find out. ;-) Episode Overview [00:00:53] The Intriguing Question [00:03:37] Different Types of Questions to ask [00:07:13] Song Examples that start wi…
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#040 - Creating A One-Sentence Lyric Outline To Guide Your Writing Process. In today’s episode, we continue with steps Two and Three to Creating A One-Sentence Lyric Outline To Guide Your Writing Process. If you haven’t listened to episode 38 yet where we talked about the character’s literal action, please go back to that episode and listen to it. …
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#39 - Today, we continue with another technique of how you can create an attention-grabbing opening line for your lyrics beginning. And specifically, we talk about the Shocking Statement and different ways how you can pull it off to stun your audience and make them wanna hear more! Episode Overview: [00:01:08] The Shocking Statement [00:03:35] Diff…
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#038 - Let's address the question of why we should look at the craft of storytelling when we write our lyrics – apart from the impact the power of storytelling has on our audience. Let's focus on our writing process. Because when we write our lyrics, it’s good to know where we are going. Otherwise, we’re just writing words that are all over the pla…
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#037 - How can we write an attention-grabbing opening line so that we can hook our listener with our first line? In today’s age, thousands of distractions compete for our audience’s attention. And if our song doesn’t hook our listeners straight away, they might not listen to it at all. But we want to get heard, right? Songs are a powerful way to ma…
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#036 - How To Answer The Question Of Relevancy when it comes to Writing Lyrics. Have you ever listened to a song only to end up confused because something in the lyrics seemed off? Did you struggle because something was missing or didn’t understand why something was included because it didn’t seem relevant? In today’s episode, I want to talk with y…
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#035 - “Can A Song Save A Life.” Lyrics ain’t an afterthought to making a song. They are equally as important as the melody and the song’s production. I mean, writing Songs as well as Listening to Songs can be the greatest aid in a desperate situation. It can keep us from falling down a cliff and empower us again. Like Galadriel said to Frodo: “May…
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#034 - How to Crush it as a Support Act to Get People Interested in Your Stuff. After all, it’s all a question: Will they sing your lyrics back to you, or will they not? For me as a listener, yes, I’ll definitely shout back: Viva La Victoria! Now what that means and how you can get people excited as a support act – even if they didn’t come because …
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#033 - What does “character development” or “developing characters” mean? And do we, as songwriters, really have to think about how we create our song’s character? And if so, how can we show the audience a character in the lyrics that they can invest themselves in? That is so believable that they themselves have the power to carry the message of th…
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#032 - Making Your Song’s Character Fall in Love and Influence your Audience's Engagement. In today’s episode, we’ll go through the lyrics of the song “You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This” by Toby Keith. The lyrics are so amazing to see how much the power of storytelling influences your audience’s engagement. The song is written so great, and the lyric…
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#031 - The Wants and Needs of a Song’s Character and How They Can Engage Your Listeners through Creating Conflict. Did you know that listeners are drawn to specific topics of lyrics because they strive to get similar things in their lives as the character in the song? When you think about your lyrics this way, it’s much easier to see the kind of ta…
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#30 - Write a song that shows a meaningful transformation of your song’s main character. Here's how you can do that. Do you want to tell your audience about someone who had to change a part of who they are to get what they actually needed? Does it interest you not only to write lyrics about external challenges but also to discover how those externa…
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#029 - Let's create a character for your song who does what's necessary to get what they want. And besides, we also figure out WHAT a character might want. In a story, the main character actively pursues a goal, right? I don’t think you’ve ever gone to the movies to watch someone sitting on the couch all day and doing nothing. We watch a story to f…
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#028 - Today we’ll do our third lyric study about the love story moment of the first kiss. More specifically, we’ll talk a little more about the tension, and the anticipation BEFORE the first kiss happens. After all, that’s an incredible feeling to be moments away from that first kiss while the butterflies are rushing in roller coasters through you…
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#027 - Do you want to make it progressively worse for your song's character? Then find out how you can use progressive complications to develop your lyric verses. Do you struggle with writing the second verse? Do you have problems developing your song’s idea and creating an outline? You might have already looked at some ways how to come up with ide…
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#026 - Use Pat Pattison's Development Engine and the 5 Commandments of Storytelling and develop your lyric idea. Today we talk about how you can actually develop your lyric idea into an outline. That means no more struggles with what to put in the first verse or the dreaded second verse! You might already be familiar with Pat Pattison’s approach. H…
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#025 - Outline your lyric's idea by using six crucial questions and combine them with the Story Grid Diorama Model. Today we talk about a songwriter’s six best friends. You might have already heard about the term: Songwriter’s Six Best Friends in the book “Writing Better Lyrics” by Pat Pattison or in one of his courses. But today, we want to make h…
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#024 - Do you want to write a great love song about the first kiss? Get inspired by using love story conventions to get your listeners into the mood. Today we’ll do our second lyric study about the love story moment of the first kiss. And we’ll use the song “Rumor” by Lee Brice as today’s example to find out how you can pull it off to write about t…
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#023 - Not in the mood to write another song about love? Get inspired by other great topics to write about. Let me ask you this: Have you ever wondered if there’s anything other than writing a love song? It seems every second song seems to be about love. So there’s a huge demand for love stories. But still, can’t we write about something else for o…
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#022 - The Most Important Element of a Story that Works – How to Show a Change between Beginning and Ending. Honestly, you’re about to learn about one of the most important aspects that decide if you have a story or if it’s just a sequence of events where nothing happens at all. You might already know what I mean: Stories are about change. In each …
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#021 - No more struggles when you flesh out your lyric's idea. Today we start with our first bite-sized episode to talk about one specific aspect of using the power of storytelling in writing lyrics. Let me ask you this: When it comes to finding ideas to write about, do you know how to turn that idea into lyrics? Do you know what components you act…
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#020 - Find out why change is better than repetition in writing the lyric's plot. Today we’ll talk about Parachute’s song “Kiss Me Slowly.” This is the first song we analyze in the category of the love story moment of the First Kiss. And you’re in for a surprise. The more we take that song apart, the more we discover why the lyrics actually confuse…
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Love is the most amazing feeling of all that we can experience – and if your song shares a heart-melting kissing moment, you have an unforgettable tale at your hands… But if romance isn’t your type of thing to write about, you’re probably worried about how you’d pull it off. You want your song to be emotional and meaningful, but not sappy and clich…
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#018 - The Ultimate Guide To Writing Love Lyrics About The Lovers' First Encounter. Do you want to write an original love song about the lovers' first encounter? About that special moment when the possible future couple first lays eyes on each other? But there are so many love songs out there and you don’t know what details to focus on and apply to…
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#017 - One songwriting trick to help you use the most essential element of great storytelling to your songwriting advantage. If you've been having a hard time finishing the lyrics of a song you're stuck in and being objective about your own material, then this podcast episode - "The Simplest Way to Start and Finish Song Lyrics that Mean Something! …
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#016 - Insider’s guide to pushing album sales by ending the lyrics of a single release with a cliffhanger. Do you want your songs to be heard? Then I've got great news for you. Here's what my new podcast episode can help you with: If you've been having a hard time writing something that's never been said before ... While trying to be relatable and …
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#015 - Find Out How To Stop Writing Fairytale Love Songs And Show A Darker Side Of Love In Your Lyrics. Do you want to write a love song that is not about a happily ever after? Are you fed up with fairytale love songs that always have a happy ending, but don't know how to go about showing how to dig a hole for your song's main character and letting…
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#014 - A Wonderful Way To Show The Change Of Your Song's Character - while letting love take on the role of the villain! Do you want to make your listeners relate to your song's character's troubles? But you don't know how to pull it off? Are you looking for a way to show the personal development of your song's main character ... especially, when y…
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#013 - Learn how to narrate a "Love At First Sight" moment in your lyrics while still keeping your listeners engaged. Do you want to learn how to narrate a "Love At First Sight" moment in your lyrics? But you struggle with not knowing how to keep your listeners engaged in your narration, especially if you want to include your audience in your first…
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#012 - The secret weapon every singer/songwriter needs right now to pull their audience into their song. Do you want to write lyrics that have an enticing flavor? But don't know how to go about study the lyrics of other love songs? So that you know what other songwriters do to engage someone ... ... and make them feel the tension ... ... and the at…
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#011 - How to avoid making your listeners feel left out. Are you struggling with creating an emotional connection with your audience? And you don't know how to go about learning some more songwriting techniques? Well, today this is about to change. In this episode, you will learn how to engage your listeners ... And putting them in your song's char…
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#010 - Write A "Love at First Sight" Song Like The Pros And Create Catharsis If you've been having a hard time beating writer's block... And you need to write a captivating love song ... Then this new podcast episode - "How To Write A "Love at First Sight" Song" - is exactly what you're looking for! It helps you to study the storytelling aspect of …
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#009 - What If You Had The Ability To Know How To Write An Evergreen? A song that would resonate with your audience, hook them from the first line, and which you could then use to skyrocket your album sales and get more fans? If that’s something you’re interested in, listen to this podcast episode to find out how this show can help you improve your…
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#008 - Here’s What You Don’t Know About Songwriting That Could Revolutionize your Lyrics. Interview with A Minute for Manny about Storytelling in Songs This episode is for you when you want to know the simple way to make your songs meaningful to your audience without giving in to popular demand. A Minute for Manny, singer-songwriter, and guitarist,…
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#007 - How to write an amazing, heartbreaking love song so that you take your audience with you back into a moment in time when they had to get over a breakup. We’ll do that by analyzing one song of an aspiring songwriter and musician called A Minute for Manny. We’ll play his song in full and talk about the lyrics as well as about the theme of his …
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#006 - Get inspired by the six most anticipated moments of every love story and use them to write powerful love songs. It might bore you to write another love song because everything has been said already. But has it? I want you to know you don’t need to feel intimidated by the big evergreens like I’d Do Anything for Love, I don’t wanna miss a thin…
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#005 - Today I want to talk with you about a problem many of us have to face at one point or another: How the heck can we finish the lyrics of a song we’re struggling with? After all, if that song would not be important to you, you wouldn’t worry that much about finding the right words. You would just get it out there and move on. But you want to f…
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#004 - Don't wanna compete in a staring contest with that blank sheet of paper and wonder how to begin writing a song? I'll show you a method as well as three different types of beginnings that will spark your imagination. Today we attack that nagging, frustrating feeling of sitting in front of an empty paper and not being able to make the pen star…
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#002 - Do you wonder if it’s necessary to express a kind of deeper meaning in a song? Does there need to be a takeaway for the listener? Let's find it out in this episode. Do you want your songs to have a meaningful message for your listeners? But you do not know if you’re on the right track, how you can achieve it or how to tell if there’s already…
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