The Songwriter's Idea Book

The Songwriter's Idea Book

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by Sheila Davis
     
 

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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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Popular Music and Society
The practical exercises provided are imaginative, effective and easy to follow. Offering 40 strategies to assist in various phases of the lyric writing process from inventing song titles through to using figurative language - Davis provides numerous illustrative examples � and continually suggests ways to avoid "writer's block." This is an interesting and thought-provoking book - a useful reference for either the aspiring or professional lyricist.
Songwriters Monthly
Looking for an analytical book on the thought process and how it relates to songwriting? Looking for a book to help you get past your "writer's block"? Sheila Davis's Songwriters Idea Book is all of that, plus much more. Sheila, through a series of questions and charts, shows you how to define your personality. Then she shows you how to apply what you've learned. I highly recommend this book (along with her two prior ones) to anyone who is serious about bettering their craft.
Louisiana Songwriters Association
Sheila Davis, a well-known songwriting teacher and author of The Craft of Lyric Writing and Successful Lyric Writing, breaks new ground in The Songwriters Idea Book. Taking lyricists beyond the basics, the book reveals the inherent relationship between personality type, brain function and writing style. Over 100 lyrics from the fields of country, pop, theater, and cabaret provide both successful role-models and concrete examples of the personality-type writing style connection.
Songwriters Musepaper
[Sheila Davis'] guidelines contain wonderful nuts and bolts information designed to give the reader clear and concise ways to create commercial lyrics. Anyone who has ever sat blankly staring at an empty sheet of paper awaiting divine intervention will appreciate this resourceful volume.
Booknews
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)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440322693
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
10/15/1992
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
686,129
File size:
2 MB

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Michael Kerker
The Songwriters Idea Book is an inspiration for all songwriters who want to hone their craft, and an illumination for all lovers of songs who want to examine the creative process.
— (Michael Kerker, ASCAP Director of Musical Theatre)

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