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Writing your song!
WRITING PROMPT #15 :
What has been the biggest challenge for you in this unit so far?
Explain in at least 5 complete sentences.
Organizing by Letter
A song is a group of similar and contrasting sections called stanzas. The 1st section you hear is “A” (the “verse”). The 2nd section is “B” (the “chorus” or ”bridge”). The 3rd section “C,” and so on. If you repeat a section of music, even if the words are different, it’s still given the same letter.
Most popular combinations: AAA, AABA, & ABAB
Examples of AAA
This form is used in many hymns and folk songs, often to tell a self-contained story. The title is usually in the first or last line of each verse (A section). The same section of music is sung again and again with different words each time.
“Amazing Grace,” “Kansas City” (Oklahoma), “I Walk the Line” (Johnny Cash), “On Broadway,” “Nothing” (A Chorus Line), “Born in the USA” (Bruce Springsteen).
This form is used in many Broadway songs. The title is usually in the first or last line of each verse (“A”), in the same part of the line. The “bridge” (B) contrasts with the “verse” by using different chords, melody, and focus of ideas.
“Ol’ Man River” (Show Boat), “Over the Rainbow,” “So in Love” (Kiss Me Kate), “Crazy” (Patsy Cline), “Yesterday” (the Beatles), “What I did for Love” (A Chorus Line).
This form is used in many pop songs. The Song’s story is told in the verses (A), which alternate with the same “chorus” (B). The title is usually in the first line of the chorus.
“California Girls” (The Beach Boys), “Sunrise, Sunset” (Fiddler on the Roof), “Candle in the Wind” (Elton John), “I wanna Dance with Somebody” (Whitney Houston), “Oops, I did it Again” (Britney Spears), “Somebody that I used to Know” (Gotye).
Rhyme: What is Rhyme?
Rhyming is using similar sounds among words. A song doesn't ’t have to rhyme, but it will help people remember your music and your message.
One-syllable rhymes are called “masculine rhymes”: glad/sad, today/sleigh
Two-syllable rhymes are called “feminine rhymes”: denying/sighing, jealous/tell us
“Don ’t fall in love with what you believe is a clever rhyme. …Think about what you want to say and then look for the most amusing or graceful way you can say it.” – Dorothy Fields
How to Rhyme
True (or perfect) rhymes are where the final sounds of two words match. They are most often used in theater songs.
False (or Imperfect, near, slant) rhymes are where only the vowel or the consonant sounds match. They are most often used in pop songs.
Assonance- only the vowel sounds match: together/forever, home/alone
Consonance- only the consonant sounds match: wrong/young, buddy/body
Where to Rhyme
Most rhymes happen at the end of phrases, but some happen in the middle
“Will they know what you overcame?/Will they know you rewrote the game?” (Hamilton)
“I really hope you get it/ And you don’t live to regret it” (Wicked)
“Flying so high with some guy in the sky is my idea of nothing to do” (Anything Goes)
“You can’t stop the motion of the ocean or the sun in the sky” (Hairspray)
Organizing by Letter
Organizing your rhymes is like organizing your stanzas. The 1st rhyme you hear is “a,” the 2nd is “b,” and so on. If you repeat a stanza of music, you should use the same pattern of rhymes. The most common combinations are those that rely on repetition (aaaa, aabb) and those that rely on variation (abab, abba).
Aaa (monorhyme): “America” from West Side Story
I like the shores of America (a)
Comfort is yours in America (a)
Knobs on the doors of America (a)
Wall-to-wall floors in America (a)
aabb (rhyming couplets): “My Favorite things” from The sound of Music
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes (a)
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes (a)
Silver white winters that melt into springs (b)
These are a few of my favorite things (b)
abab (alternate rhyme): “I dreamed a Dream” Les Miserables
Then I was young and unafraid (a)
And dreams were made and used and wasted (b)
There was no ransom to be paid (a)
No song unsung, no wine untasted (b)
abba (enclosed rhyme): “Beauty and the Beast”
Certain as the sun, rising in the east (a)
Tale as old as time (b)
Song as old as rhyme (b)
Beauty and the Beast (a)
You don’t have to rhyme every line. There are other types of wordplay that can make your lyrics interesting. Below are some common types.
Onomatopoeia- word sounds: “Ding, ding, ding went the bell”
Portmanteaus- word blends: frenemy, ginormous
Puns: what’s good about goodbye
Similes- “like” or “as”: You’re as cold as ice
Metaphors- comparisons without “like” or “as”: my heart melted
Begin writing your lyrics using rhyming schemes (optional) and form (AABA, etc)
Use your web and outline to help you!
You must use some sort of form!
Day 4: Week 2 Lesson 1 & 2
n Broadway,” “Nothing” (A Chorus Line), “Born in the USA” (Bruce Springsteen).
And dreams were made