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The Songwriter's Idea Book
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In her first two books, Sheila Davis classified the major song forms and enduring principles that have been honored for decades by America's foremost songwriters. Those books have become required reading in music courses from NYU to UCLA.
In The Songwriters Idea Book, Davis goes one step further, giving you 40 strategies for designing distinctive songs. You'll break new ground in your own songwriting by learning about the inherent relationship between language style, personality type and the brain. You'll go, step by step, through the creative process as you activate, incubate, separate and discriminate.You'll learn to use the whole-brain techniques of imaging, brainstorming and clustering.You'll expand your skilled use of figurative language with paragrams, metonyms, synecdoche and antonomasia.You'll be challenged to design metaphors, form symbols, make puns and coin words.And, you'll learn how to prevent writer's block, increase your productivity and maintain your creative flow. Over 100 successful student lyrics from pop, country, cabaret, and theater serve as role-models to illustrate the whole-brain songwriting process.
Book News Annotation:
Presuming familiarity with the major music forms and the basics of rhyme, rhythm, and plot development, Davis offers sophisticated strategies to create distinctive treatments of classic themes as well as original song titles.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This book includes 40 proven songwriting strategies guaranteed to spark songwriters' imaginations.
With 40 strategies to spark the imagination, this book is a guide to designing distinctive songs. It discusses the relationship between language style, personality type, and the brain, and shows how to use "whole-brain" techniques to enhance creativity and prevent writer's block.
This book reveals the inherent relationship between personality type, brain function and writing style. Includes 40 proven songwriting strategies - guaranteed to spark songwriters' imaginations. 240 pages. 6x9.
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