Lyric writing is a creative and engrossing craft and the first songwriting process. The beauty coming out after proper synchronization of lyrics and tunes, crescendos and decrescendos put together in place, and final editing and beneficial cutting and pasting is the zenith of the idea that was just mere words on paper before. Alright, we have a piece of the song with us. It is on our playlist, even our favorite. But why is it so that we keep playing it again and again? The concept of the use of senses plays an integral role in lyric writing. These senses are invoked with lines that bring life into small critical moments.
In this chapter, attention is given to the lyrics rather than the creation of melody (which is mostly the domain of instrumentalists and singers). Lyrics are the first ingredient in the process of music-making. They play a massive role in delivering the musical message to the masses. Music accessibility and commonality and its ability to greatly influence popular emotion depend on the relationship between lyrics and positive psychology. This brief impact on the happiness of listeners is widely used by lyricists in constructing their building of words and phrases. The use of rhythmical lyrical loops significantly helps to produce a trance-like state in the listener and when these lyrics have a strong and repetitive rhythm that changes momentarily, the output effect is magical. The lyrics should tell a story. As the song progresses, these ideas need to unfold with a measured pace making sense to its listeners simultaneously. The idea must be constant and growing in the lyrics without skipping around unrelated events. Lyrics should be such that they economically capture the heat of the moment with controlled repetition, little rhyming and simple diction. Lyrics do contain a lot of repetition after almost every fifth or sixth line which moves into a sort of chorus. These lyrics are kept short because when they are longer the music disengages and confusion sets in. Lyrics may not always have rich rhyming because it can cause the song to become and feel more mechanical than natural. Forcing rhymes at places where they don't need to be might cause a lyricist to select weak phrases over stronger ones resulting in spoiled results. However, strategic rhyming along with a catchy melody makes the song more pleasant. Also, rhyming helps in making the song easily memorable.
REPETITION AS A LYRIC-WRITING TECHNIQUE
It is essential to repeat certain keywords so as to produce a "ringing" effect for our listeners otherwise the song would become an endless stream of words and would feel like a monologue. The song would become formless and no message or title could be assigned to it. If the lyrics are not able to get the point across, then the song produced after compilation of all musical materials will ultimately fail to attract public appreciation and fall flat in the market. Proper repetition sets the tone of the song and activates the emotional element. Listeners must feel comfortable hearing these certain keywords repeat in the song flow. But before you know lyric writing, it becomes important to be aware of the basic parts of the song.