Art of Writing Great Lyrics

ISBN-10: 1581150938

ISBN-13: 9781581150933

Edition: 2nd 2001 (Revised)

Authors: Pamela Phillips Oland

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Pamela Phillips Oland is one of the most prolific contemporary songwriters in America, her songs having been recorded by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Whitney Houston. In this book, she offers tips on how to write marketable song lyrics.
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List price: $18.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Pamela Phillips Oland is a Grammy-nominated writer and one of the industry's most versatile, prolific and successful lyricists. With more than 25 years as a successful songwriter, Pamela has become the go-to lyricist composers, directors, artists and music supervisors look to for the precise kind of lyric they need. Pamela has written with and for some of the best talent in the world including Aretha Franklin, Berlin, Whitney Houston, Peabo Bryson, the Whispers, Selena, Frank Sinatra, Isaac Hayes, Tower of Power, Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Dan Seals, Anne Murray, Lou Rawls, Richard Carpenter, The Jacksons, Paul Overstreet, the Spinners, and on and on. The author of two must-have books on Songwriting, The Art of Writing Great Lyrics and The Art of Writing Love Songs, Pamela has been invited to conduct seminars on writing lyrics around the U.S.A., and from the Gold Coast of Australia to Copenhagen, Denmark.

Foreword to Revised Edition
Introduction: If You Can't Write a Lyric, You Haven't Got a Song
Songwriting Is a Love Affair with Words
The Difference Between Poetry and Lyrics
Using the Three Basic Tools
Painting Better Pictures
New Thoughts
Building a Better Vocabulary
Song Words
Before You Can Become a Great Lyricist, Become a Good Writer
A Word on Grammar
The Great Aha!
Seeing the World Visually
Knowing It When You Hear It
Setting Up the Writing Environment
Is There a Moon Out Tonight?
Writing Lyrics on a Schedule
Self-Confidence Can Speed Up Your Thinking Process
Open the Doors of Perception
Going Dry
Real Songwriters Never Say Die (Except in a Lyric!)
Word Association
The Writing Process
Communicating Through Song
Popular Music is a Conversational Art
What Are You Trying to Say?
Developing Characters
Universal Ideas
Mind Versus Heart
Understanding the Craft
The Elements of a Song
Song Formulas Are the Tools of the Trade
Exceptions to the Rules
If You Don't Have a Title, Why Are You Writing This Song?
Dummy Melodies
The First Line
Laundry Lists
Lyric-Crafting Exercises
Let's Write a Song
The Art of Successful Collaboration
Help Wanted: Collaborator
Yours, Mine, and Ours
Styles in Which to Collaborate
Intuitive Choices in Collaboration
Fear of Collaboration
Street Smart and Market Wise
A Style Guide
Studying Radio and Music Videos
The Competition
Evaluating Your Point of View
Rewrite? MOI?
Living Room Hits
Is It Commercial?
Is It Finished?
Targeting a Lyric
Learning to Evaluate Criticism
Making Reality Palatable
Knowing It When You Hear It
Now That Your Song Is Finished
The Dream
The Reality
The Demo: A Lyricist's Perspective
So What's the Deal About Publishers?
Hit 'Em With Your Best Shot
Your Package
Sample Cover Letters
Sample Lyric Sheets
You Can Do It!
Attitude is Everything
It Takes Forever for Anything to Happen Overnight
Don't Give Up Your Day Job!
A Reading List of Books for Songwriters
Magazines for Songwriters
Songwriters' Resources
United States Performing Rights Societies
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