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 Post subject: Melody V Lyrics
PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 3:40 pm 
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Following on from the discussion about cadence (or whatever we're calling it) which is more important to you when writing; melody or lyrics?

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The melody always comes in my head first. When the lyrics happen first it's much easier for me to come up with a melody but that doesn't happen very often.

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I'm with Geno on this one, the melody usually suggests a certain amount of the phrasing to me.

Occassionally I'll have a clever turn of phrase occur to me, but upon examination most of these even have a certain cadence to them that recommends a certain melody line.

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 Post subject: melody or lyrics
PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 6:15 pm 
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well i'd like to fancy myself more of a lennon, but i am more a macca. of course only in the context of exaggerated illustration. not everyone is a dylan or cohen or hank sr. etc. i love great lyrics, but not every song i enjoy
has them. however, i can be carried along in awe to a stream of great lyrics.

my tunes usually have much more interesting things happening with the melody and music than the lyric. danged if i don't try, tho.

but to answer the question - the *best* tunes have great lyrics sung to great melody.


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Try as I might, noone of them come to me.





booo hoooo hoooo.

hoo hoo hoo, boo boo hoo hoo hoo boo.


Hey, guess the lyrics come to me afterall.


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 Post subject: Re: Melody V Lyrics
PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 8:25 am 
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Drum wrote:
Following on from the discussion about cadence (or whatever we're calling it) which is more important to you when writing; melody or lyrics?

I'm a beginner songwriter, and have been focusing on lyrics since that has been the hardest for me. But after working so hard on the lyrics, I was being lazy with the melody, chords, musical structure and just throwing simple music to the lyrics to get the song done. So now I'm trying to put more time into the music.

There are songs I like even though the lyrics aren't very good. But the music is so great (melody, chords, arrangement) that the lyrics don't matter. Then there are songs with great lyrics, but the music is boring. But when great lyrics are matched with great music, ahhhhh.... nirvana!

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