Good thought. I'll be sure to include imagery in the words toolbox.In the back of my songwriting book (well, the first one), I have some personal musings:
Words of a song:
-- create an image
-- when we extract a meaning from the image, we create emotion
-- so the words create an image, which creates meaning, which creates emotion
-- the emotion is created from past experiences, so the individuals response and interpretation of the song will be different, since each individuals past experiences are different.
So, the words create images & emotional responses, based on each individuals past experiences.
Words (the story/images) tap into our memories at a subconscious level.
Yes. As I think I said, the first session will include some lecture on the toolboxes for words and music.Well, these are my musings, and may not be applicable or helpful in what you're presenting in class.
I think one session should be devoted to the musical aspects: tempo, rhythm, melody, as well as volume (dynamics), tone and percussiveness.
Yes — or belie it. Two great belie examples: In the Hunter/Garcia tune "Friend of the Devil," the words are a downer, but the the tune is perky, which gives the meaning a twist. In Steve Winwood's "Back In the High Life," the words are happy but the music isn't, which casts the whole song in irony — which Warren Zevon zeros in on in his version.These aspects should complement the theme of the story.
Yup. That'll be in the music toolbox.IMO beginner songwriters tend to overlook their ability to bore people. (Especially today people can be bored very quickly.)
Varying the momentum (tempo, rhythm &/or melody), as well as the intensity and tone, can create interest.
We can also add interest by adding chord inversions, slash chords, chord variations (add 2nd, sus 4th, 6th, M7, M9), seventh chords, and chord substitutions (9ths, 11ths, 13ths, 9b5, etc), and spice up chords changes with Dim and Aug chords.
Interesting idea.In a nutshell, it is often far easier to make a song boring with dull musical attributes than with dull words.