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GARY EWER   –   Getting the Most Out of a Bridge Lyric

http://www.secretsofsongwriting.com/2016/06/15/getting-the-most-out-of-a-bridge-lyric/

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VERSE LYRICS:

Verse lyrics set the stage, recount details of a story, describe characters, etc. It lays out the narrative, the storyline or general song topic.

CHORUS LYRICS:

Chorus lyrics describe an emotional reaction to the story. Chorus lyrics usually don’t add much in terms of the details of the story, but they certainly make it clear what the singer’s reaction to the story might be.

BRIDGE LYRICS:

And then we get to the bridge. As you likely know, a bridge section will take a song a bit further afield by bringing in new melodies built upon new chords (and generally, chords that take the song in a new direction). As an audience hears the bridge, they are usually aware that this new section is temporary; they expect to hear a return to the chorus, or a third verse (particularly for songs in verse-bridge format).

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It’s interesting that music in pop genres has mainly favoured the tenor male voice. Most songs will sit in either the high baritone or tenor range. I say interesting, because I was reading recently about a recently-completed study that has examined how much we like or are drawn to high or low-pitched speaking voices.

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Constructing songs so that we hear verses, choruses, bridges, and so on, is a good and easy way to ensure that your music incorporates contrast. Even before hearing a particular song, we know that the chorus is likely to be higher in pitch, that the chorus chords will probably be stronger and shorter than the verse, that we can anticipate that the bridge melody and chords will wander into new key areas, and so on.

But then there are the songs where the declaring of specific sections of songs to be verses and choruses is not clear. A good example of this is McCartney’s “Martha My Dear“, from The Beatles’ White Album. It’s interesting to make note of how many times we hear this song move into what appears to be a new section, but those sections don’t seem to take on the traditional verse-chorus relationship:

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Gary Ewer   –   Are You Boring Your Audience?    –   5 Likely Reasons That’s Happening   –  

Essential Secrets Of Songwriting Blog   –   11-2-15

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You may have just as many people who hate your music as love it, but that shouldn’t bother you too much. Hoping that everyone loves what you do is unrealistic. Any time you express your thoughts, opinions and feelings in musical form, people will react; sometimes in favour of your art, and sometimes against.

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You may not know the song “Comme d’habitude“, written by French songwriters Claude François and Jacques Revaux, but you’ll no doubt know “My Way,” a big hit for Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and others. Paul Anka acquired the rights to the melody (for $1), and then penned a new English lyric that brought the song to a much larger audience.

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If you spend any time at all comparing verse and chorus melodies, you’ll notice right away that verses often centre in on one or two pitches. And it may not be that they sing those one or two constantly, but you’ll hear everything coming back, over and over again, to those couple of notes.

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Quietness in music can be a powerful tool. Use it wisely.

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From Gary Ewer, of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”: It’s an important songwriting principle to have energy build as a song progresses. One of the ways to do that is to ensure that melodies move upward. Sia’s “Soon We’ll Be Found” demonstrates this perfectly.

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From Gary Ewer, of “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting”: It’s an important songwriting principle to have energy build as a song progresses. One of the ways to do that is to ensure that melodies move upward. Sia’s “Soon We’ll Be Found” demonstrates this perfectly.