Issue 6 August, 2013
Words set to music can make us smile and dance, echo our despair and express our yearning. This issue of Wordnerdery looks for writing inspiration in the music world.
5 writing tips from musicians
Whether your favourite musicians dress in leather or Levis, chances are they have mastered the use of alliteration, metaphors, similes and other expressive language to tell a story with their music.
Here are five writing tips we can take from them, with some examples that speak to me:
1. Draw on the senses, so the listener/reader can almost smell, taste, see, touch or hear:
"Foghorns blowing in the night / Salt sea air in the morning breeze"
– "So Quiet in Here," Van Morrison
2. Write from the heart:
"Though I try to hide it, it's clear / My world crumbles when you are not here"
– "I Try," Macy Grey
3. Use familiar words in unexpected ways:
"You quench my heart and oh / You quench my mind"
– "Two Step," Dave Matthews Band
4. Express emotions and stories:
"I've been torn apart, put back together / With a couple of pieces in wrong"
– "Head Over Heels," Blue Rodeo
5. Find the exact word to express what you want to say:
"When your heart is hollow"
– "Sister," The Black Keys.
What music lyrics speak to you? Hit "reply" and share them, or let me know if you'd like help making your employee newsletters sing.
Images: Guitar and sheet music by Daniel St. Pierre via FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Sue by Chris Salvo, salvophoto.com.