The Art of Writing Great Lyrics

The Art of Writing Great Lyrics

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by Pamela Phillips Oland
     
 

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Packed with literally hundreds of hints, tips, and inside information only a working writer would know, The Art of Writing Great Lyrics demonstrates proven, no-fail methods for everything from communicating through song, defining styles, and collaborating with a partner to studying the market, making a great demo, and getting started on a career. Full of creative… See more details below

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Packed with literally hundreds of hints, tips, and inside information only a working writer would know, The Art of Writing Great Lyrics demonstrates proven, no-fail methods for everything from communicating through song, defining styles, and collaborating with a partner to studying the market, making a great demo, and getting started on a career. Full of creative exercises, writing do's and don'ts, and a handy A to Z checklist for reviewing new songs, The Art of Writing Great Lyrics provides a lifetime of proven success tips in one indispensable volume.

Editorial Reviews

Dan Kimpel
The Art of Writing Great Lyrics is a virtual road map for any songwriter -- aspiring or professional-with a desire to master their craft. With solid advice, rare insight and undeniable empathy, the author illuminates the way to lyrical success.
Music Connection magazine
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cruelly dumped, the songwriter storms into his or her studio, slams the door and writes a heartbreaking platinum hit. According to Pamela Phillips Oland, one of the most prolific songwriters in the nation, this is no melodramatic fantasy. Oland's songs have been recorded by Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Selena and Frank Sinatra and featured on Xena: Warrior Princess and The Sopranos. She has worked in nearly every popular genre: rock, country, gospel, R & B, theater, alternative rock, blues and jazz, and she shares dozens of the tricks of her much-envied trade in The Art of Writing Great Lyrics, a revised version of her 1989 book You Can Write Great Lyrics. She even has the honesty to include an exegesis of a failed attempt: the first song she ever wrote. ( June) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
A prolific songwriter whose lyrics have been recorded by such notables as Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Frank Sinatra, Oland speaks from 20 years of experience when she stresses the importance of song titles, dissects catchy lyrics, and warns of rejection by publishers. Her latest guide for emerging songwriters examines the profession from all angles, focusing in-depth on the craft of song. Oland prefers to think of her book as a "recipe for success" and, in fact, she provides a solid foundation for anyone interested in the industry. The author shares a wealth of knowledge about many of the more ambiguous aspects of the field, particularly on how to discriminate lyrics from poetry and how to become an adept miner of everyday conversation. Oland's perspective will intrigue not only followers of the songwriting field but anyone captivated by the art of the written word. This book nicely complements Paul McCartney's recent book of lyrics and poetry, Blackbird Singing (Norton, 2001). Suitable for all public and academic libraries. Caroline Dadas, Univ. of Ilinois, Urbana-Champaign Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781581159318
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/2001
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
847,209
File size:
2 MB

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George Taweel
George Taweel, TLC Entertainment
To be a great lyricist, you need three basic and indispensable tools of songwriting the Dictionary, the Thesaurus, and the Rhyming Dictionary...Pamela Oland has now added a fourth....her book.
Dean Kay
Dean Kay, President, Demi Music Corp. and Lichelle Music Company
In this book, probably the best I have read on the subject, Pamela enthusiastically shares her knowledge and experience with those interested in the art of creating and selling lyrics.
Susan Slamer
Susan Slamer, Vice President, Music Publishing
From the first time I heard 'Nobody Loves Me Like You Do,' I became a fan of Pamela Phillips Oland. Great Lyrics are a rarity and this book contains a valuable insight into the art of writing great lyrics.
Terri Nunn
Terri Nunn, Lead Singer, Berlin
A must-read for anyone who wants to both write great lyrics AND have more fun doing it!

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