March 6 2013

Songwriting Tip: Don’t Ever Say “I’m Just a Lyricist”

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Don’t Ever Say “I’m Just a Lyricist.”  That’s the advice of Molly-Ann Leikin, Music Business Mastery Consultant.  If you have the gift of lyric writing, then check this out!

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Too many very, very talented lyricists introduce themselves to me, and to everybody else on the planet, by saying “I’m just a lyricist.”

No you aren’t,” I tell them. “I want you to value your work and yourself and proudly tell people ‘I write lyrics!’”

It’s difficult at best to write half a song. For much of my early career, I was intimidated by the talented, world-class film composers who were my writing partners. Back then, I was content to write words only. But I never told anybody “I only write lyrics.” Instead, I said, “I’m a lyricist,” and made it sound as triumphant an undertaking as finding a York Peppermint Patty that was 100% protein and good for my teeth.

Try saying it. “I’m a lyricist!”

It’s all a matter of self-esteem, isn’t it? Doing something well and knowing your craft and practicing that craft even when nobody else but you appreciates your contribution, can be a thankless undertaking. But if you have a gift with words, you have a responsibility to use it, and to keep on doing what you’re doing, no matter who attempts to belittle you.

If one of your lyrics is suddenly orphaned, save it, you can use it later. It may feel doomed, but save it anyway. Things in the arts have a delicious way of turning around down the road.

Meanwhile, practice saying “I’m a lyricist!

Do it again.

“I’m a lyricist!”

Announce that fact in front of a big mirror ten times a day. And then call your voice mail, booming , “I write lyrics!”

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March 6 2013

English Teacher’s Role Helps Prisoners Find Their Voice Through Songwriting

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English teacher and musician Evan Davies has combined his passion for music with his occupation by taking on the role of a songwriting mentor for prisoners A Taranaki teacher with a passion for music is helping prisoners find their voice through songwriting. In a Maori Television documentary New Plymouth Boys’ High School […]   By John Anthony