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Empowering you to write better lyrics through the power of storytelling.Songs have the power to save lives! That's why the Stories in Songs podcast helps musicians write powerful & engaging lyrics so that they get more fans and sky🚀 sales. Lyrics are super important if you want the message of your song to be meaningful for your audience and to turn your listeners into fans. And in this podcast, you'll learn how to use the power of storytelling for your own songwriting.You'll also get tips and tricks on how to analyze your songs so that you can create some amazing lyrics without hitting writer's block ever again. Hit subscribe and get ready to become a powerful storyteller and even better songwriter.
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Love is the most amazing feeling of all that we can experience – and if your song shares a heart-melting kissing moment, you have an unforgettable tale at your hands…But if romance isn’t your type of thing to write about, you’re probably worried about how you’d pull it off. You want your song to be emotional and meaningful, but not sappy and cliché. Sooner or later, you’ll end up having to explore love songs about kissing at least briefly to create dynamic and varied relationships between characters. But… even if you’re in a happy relationship, you might still be lost on how to convey romance authentically in your songs.So the question is:How can you get to the heart of what makes the lyrics about your song’s characters’ kissing exciting and transfer that onto paper?How do you write kissing lyrics that will truly accelerate your listeners’ pulse without being on the nose, fall into clichés, or use the words that have been said a thousand times before? Today I show you how you can create intimacy between your lovers and write about their attraction for each other so that you can build up to the moment of their First Kiss and make them kiss in your lyrics.If that sounds like something you need to know, this episode is for you.Here's what we cover:[00:00:00] What all songwriters need to know about writing lyrics about the first kiss[00:01:49] Telling Stories in Songs[00:05:52] Recap: Love Stories in Songs[00:08:39] Recap: The lovers’ first meet scene[00:13:36] The “first kiss or intimate connection” love story moment[00:23:48] How do we create intimacy?[00:26:17] Why is finding the right words for your love song so hard?[00:27:25] Step 1: How to Write Attraction to build up to the moment of the First Kiss[00:35:30] Step 2: How to Write about the First Kiss in your lyrics[00:39:19] Preview: Next Stories in Songs episode Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/storiesinsongs)
#018 - The Ultimate Guide To Writing Love Lyrics About The Lovers' First Encounter.Do you want to write an original love song about the lovers' first encounter?About that special moment when the possible future couple first lays eyes on each other?But there are so many love songs out there and you don’t know what details to focus on and apply to your songwriting to find the best ways to write your original and innovative love song that will speak right to the heart of your listeners.If that’s you, I’ve got great news for you.Today’s episode, "15 Secrets Every Songwriter Must Know About Writing The Lyrics For A Lovers’ First Meet Scene." - is exactly what you're looking for!It summarizes the 15 most helpful tips about writing the lovers’ first meet scene.Those tips are the ultimate collection of what we’ve found out as we studied the lyrics of some wonderful songs about the lovers' first encounter in the last eight episodes.Only by listening to this episode will you perfectly know what you need to focus on when writing about this kind of love song.Additionally, you'll also learn about four different types of "Meet-Cute" scenes that we have not yet talked about to ignite your imagination.I’ll also tell you about nine other love songs about the lovers’ first encounter that you can study to get even more inspired by different possible ways to write about that one love story must-have moment.And I’ve got a big surprise for you at the end of this episode.So if you want to be able to start working on your new original love song about the lovers’ first meet scene right away, then tune in to spark your imagination.Here's what we cover:[00:00:00] Discover the 15 secrets to writing the lyrics for the lovers' first meet scene.[00:02:19] What can listening to the Stories in Songs Podcast do for you?[00:06:43] Telling Stories in Songs[00:08:01] Love Stories in Songs[00:10:20] The lovers’ meet scene[00:12:11] Option 1: Lovers First Meet Scene - Mutual attraction[00:14:32] Option 2: Lovers First Meet Scene - Only one character is instantly attracted to the other one but the other character is disinterested[00:16:27] Option 3: Lovers First Meet Scene - Mutually disinterested[00:19:14] Option 4: Lovers First Meet Scene - Missing Courage to act or feeling too overwhelmed to act[00:20:56] Advice for using those options for your songwriting[00:23:01] 15 Tips for writing a lovers’ first meet scene in your song.[00:52:23] More “Meet-Cute” Songs to study[00:55:16] Preview: Next Stories in Songs episodesSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/storiesinsongs)
#017 - One songwriting trick to help you use the most essential element of great storytelling to your songwriting advantage.If you've been having a hard time finishing the lyrics of a song you're stuck in and being objective about your own material, then this podcast episode - "The Simplest Way to Start and Finish Song Lyrics that Mean Something! " - is exactly what you're looking for!It shows you one songwriting trick to help you stay on topic in your lyrics and write something meaningful AND helps you figure out how you can use the most essential element of great storytelling to your songwriting advantage.We will study the lyrics of Placebo’s song “Special K” to talk about this great songwriting trick. And furthermore, I will explain each question of each step of the S.O.N.G. framework that we use for discovering the storytelling power of lyrics to help you make better sense of why those questions not only help you improve your lyric writing skills, but also help you revise your lyrics, push them to a higher level, and discover your skills as a storyteller.So if you want to know the easiest way to start and finish the lyrics of a song that uses the power of storytelling to deliver a message to your listeners, then listen to episode 17 of the Stories in Songs Podcast.Here's what we cover:[00:01:50] What you’ll learn in this episode[00:04:23] "Special K" by Placebo[00:07:13] Step 1: Summary - What is the song about?[00:23:46] Step 2: Observer - Who is the main character of the song?[00:37:24] Step 3: Narration - Analyzing the storytelling craft.[00:43:56] Analyzing the scene told in the song.[00:52:10] The Change[01:00:36] Writing Techniques[01:04:51] Step 4: Gist - What is the message of the song?[01:10:11] Songwriting Tips Summary[01:12:21] Song Exercise - The Lovers MeetSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/storiesinsongs)
#016 - Insider’s guide to pushing album sales by ending the lyrics of a single release with a cliffhanger.Do you want your songs to be heard?Then I've got great news for you.Here's what my new podcast episode can help you with:If you've been having a hard time writing something that's never been said before ...While trying to be relatable and make it interesting, new, credible and catchy ...And you're trying to write song lyrics that make people want to listen to more of your songs, ...Then this new podcast episode - "One Amazing Songwriting Trick to Increase Your Album's Streaming Numbers" - is exactly what you're looking for!It shows you a successful song example to understand how using the power of storytelling in songwriting will not only help you get your one song out there but also make people want to listen to more of your songs AND helps you figure out how you can write the lyrics for a single release that will help you to promote your album sales / streaming number.Listen to the new episode and let me know what you think by leaving me a comment in the show notes!Thank you, Melanie!Here's what we cover:[00:01:38] What you’ll learn in this episode[00:04:08] "Middle of a Memory" by Cole Swindell[00:07:14] Step 1: Summary - What is the song about?[00:13:07] Step 2: Observer - Who is the main character of the song?[00:20:15] Step 3: Narration - Analyzing the storytelling craft.[00:24:48] Analyzing the scene told in the song.[00:31:25] The Change[00:33:53] Writing Techniques[00:36:35] Step 4: Gist - What is the message of the song?[00:38:30] Songwriting Tips Summary[00:40:49] Song Exercise - The Lovers MeetSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/storiesinsongs)
#015 - Find Out How To Stop Writing Fairytale Love Songs And Show A Darker Side Of Love In Your Lyrics.Do you want to write a love song that is not about a happily ever after?Are you fed up with fairytale love songs that always have a happy ending, but don't know how to go about showing how to dig a hole for your song's main character and letting them suffer?After all, love is not all about butterflies.Sometimes love hurts.This new podcast episode will help you ...Because it helps you figure out how you can tell a love story moment without its happy ending ...But still, leave your audience with a glimpse of hope.AND it will show you how your song's main character may get stuck in life, ...And how you can get him out of that hole again without letting him get what his heart desires.If that sounds like something you want to try out in your own songwriting, then tune in.Here's what we cover:[00:01:37] What you’ll learn in this episode[00:04:59] "Heartache on the Dancefloor" by Jon Pardi[00:07:47] Step 1: Summary - What is the song about?[00:17:41] Step 2: Observer - Who is the main character of the song?[00:23:14] Step 3: Narration - Analyzing the storytelling craft.[00:25:46] Analyzing the scene told in the song.[00:31:36] The Change[00:33:39] Writing Techniques[00:37:15] Step 4: Gist - What is the message of the song?[00:41:48] Song Exercise - The Lovers MeetSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/storiesinsongs)
#014 - A Wonderful Way To Show The Change Of Your Song's Character - while letting love take on the role of the villain!Do you want to make your listeners relate to your song's character's troubles?But you don't know how to pull it off?Are you looking for a way to show the personal development of your song's main character ...especially, when you want to show the hardship your character had to go through ...in order to become who they are today.Great News!This new podcast episode will help you ...Because it shows you a wonderful way to show the change of your song's character while letting love take on the role of the villain!And still, be writing a wonderful little love story.Does that sound exciting?If yes, then tune in to study the successful hit "I'm A Believer" by the Monkees with me!Here's what we cover:[00:01:18] What you’ll learn in this episode[00:02:13] "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees[00:04:50] Step 1: Summary - What is the song about?[00:10:26] Step 2: Observer - Who is the main character of the song?[00:15:08] Step 3: Narration - Analyzing the storytelling craft.[00:17:21] Analyzing the scene told in the song.[00:19:47] The Change[00:20:56] Writing Techniques[00:23:19] Step 4: Gist - What is the message of the song?[00:24:37] How a first-person narration can hook your audience[00:26:06] Song Exercise - The Lovers MeetSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/storiesinsongs)
#013  - Learn how to narrate a "Love At First Sight" moment in your lyrics while still keeping your listeners engaged.Do you want to learn how to narrate a "Love At First Sight" moment in your lyrics?But you struggle with not knowing how to keep your listeners engaged in your narration, especially if you want to include your audience in your first-person narration.And maybe you’ve already been searching for song examples that show you how to pull it off?Well, look no further. This episode is what you were looking for.Because it gives you an example of how The Beatles pulled it off!AND we use one of their famous songs "I Saw Her Standing There" ...To find out how to use a love story moment and wrap it into a narration ...... that addresses your listeners while still engaging them in what you have to say.Then tune into this episode.Here's what we cover:What you’ll learn in this episode"I Saw Her Standing There" by The BeatlesStep 1: Summary - What is the song about?Step 2: Observer - Who is the main character of the song?Step 3: Narration - Analyzing the storytelling craft.Analyzing the scene told in the song.The ChangeWriting TechniquesStep 4: Gist - What is the message of the song?Song Exercise - The Lovers MeetSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/storiesinsongs)
#012 - The secret weapon every singer/songwriter needs right now to pull their audience into their song.Do you want to write lyrics that have an enticing flavor?But don't know how to go about study the lyrics of other love songs?So that you know what other songwriters do to engage someone ...... and make them feel the tension ...... and the attraction of meeting someone special for the very first time ...... that makes you fall so hard for that person ...... that you think you're losing your mind? If you struggle to make your audience feel the heat of the moment ...Then I've got a great New Podcast Episode for you!It will inspire you!It will help you to engage your audience and make them feel like they are the character in your song!And I will show you how to use the writing strategy of "Show, don't Tell" in your songwriting.So join me and tune in!Here's what we cover:[00:01:30] What you’ll learn in this episode[00:03:21] "Crazy for You" by Madonna[00:06:10] Step 1: Summary - What is the song about?[00:12:18] Step 2: Observer - Who is the main character of the song?[00:16:40] Step 3: Narration - Analyzing the storytelling craft.[00:20:50] Analyzing the scene told in the song.[00:27:26] The Change[00:29:52] Writing Techniques[00:33:21] Step 4: Gist - What is the message of the song?[00:35:32] Song Exercise - The Lovers MeetSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/storiesinsongs)
#011 - How to avoid making your listeners feel left out.Are you struggling with creating an emotional connection with your audience?And you don't know how to go about learning some more songwriting techniques?Well, today this is about to change.In this episode, you will learn how to engage your listeners ...And putting them in your song's character's shoes ...AND I will show you exactly what you need to include in your lyrics so that your listeners root for your character.Especially by avoiding three lyric writing mistakes that could cost you your audience’s engagement.Sound good to you?Then let’s get started. Here's what we'll cover:[00:01:18] The S.O.N.G Framework[00:03:39] What you’ll learn in this episode[00:04:22] "Ain't No Other Man" by Christina Aguilera[00:07:37] Step 1: Summary - What is the song about?[00:13:08] Step 2: Observer - Who is the main character of the song?[00:19:56] Step 3: Narration - Analyzing the storytelling craft.[00:26:00] Analyzing the scene told in the song.[00:32:19] The Change[00:35:51] Writing Techniques[00:39:06] Step 4: Gist - What is the message of the song?[00:40:41] Three Lyric Writing Mistakes That Could Cost You Your Audience’s Engagement[00:42:55] Song Exercise - The Lovers MeetDownload the exercise here: storiesinsongs.com/podcast/episode-011Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/storiesinsongs)
#010 -  Write A "Love at First Sight" Song Like The Pros And Create CatharsisIf you've been having a hard time beating writer's block...And you need to write a captivating love song ...Then this new podcast episode - "How To Write A "Love at First Sight" Song" - is exactly what you're looking for!It helps you to study the storytelling aspect of lyrics ...And how you can use a song as an inspiration to write your own unique lyrics ...AND it shows you exactly what you need to include in your lyrics to create an emotional reaction in your audience.PS - Seriously, if you want results, this shows you exactly what you need to include in your lyrics to create an emotional reaction in your audience!Here's what we cover:[00:03:05] The S.O.N.G Framework[00:04:29] Why you should learn how to tell stories in songs[00:06:24] What is a love story[00:09:01] Moment 1 - The lovers meet[00:12:12] "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" by John Michael Montgomery[00:16:22] Step 1: Summary[00:23:21] Step 2: Observer[00:27:32] Step 3: Narration[00:31:16] Analyzing the scene told in the song.[00:39:04] The Change[00:43:37] Writing Techniques[00:46:00] Step 4: Gist[00:48:17] Song Exercise - The Lovers MeetDownload the exercise: storiesinsongs.com/podcast/episode-010Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/storiesinsongs)
#009 -  What If You Had The Ability To Know How To Write An Evergreen? A song that would resonate with your audience, hook them from the first line, and which you could then use to skyrocket your album sales and get more fans?If that’s something you’re interested in, listen to this podcast episode to find out how this show can help you improve your lyric writing.Here's what we cover:[00:03:07] - What If You Had The Ability To Know How To Write An Evergreen? [00:04:30] - Introduction to the podcast host: Melanie Naumann[00:06:23] - Melanie's story[00:12:25] - Proof that storytelling matters in songwriting[00:16:51] - How can you benefit from listening to this podcast?[00:20:44] - Preview of what you can expect from the Stories in Songs PodcastSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/storiesinsongs)
#008 -  Here’s What You Don’t Know About Songwriting That Could Revolutionize your Lyrics. Interview with A Minute for Manny about Storytelling in SongsThis episode is for you when you want to know the simple way to make your songs meaningful to your audience without giving in to popular demand. A Minute for Manny, singer-songwriter, and guitarist, talks about how he approaches songwriting and what it has to do with showing both sides of the same coin. He reveals what The Sandman by Neil Gaiman taught him so that he could write better lyrics.This episode is about his journey of becoming a musician, what it takes, what he learned along the way, and what influenced him the most.And you'll also find out what a Disney song as well as "Hallowed Be Thy Name" by Iron Maiden have in common.And why he considers music to be the pinnacle of storytelling.So tune in.Here's what we cover:[00:01:12] - How A Minute for Manny got into music by filling someone else’s shoes.[00:07:30] - “I still have the metalhead blood flowing through my veins”[00:08:15] - How writing a pop song started as a joke.[00:10:16] - Flipping the coin in songwriting[00:12:23] - Quitting a day job to go busking in small towns[00:19:00] - Recording “They Say”[00:20:50] - A song a day challenge - over 100 songs written in 100 days[00:27:31] - "Music can be the pinnacle of storytelling"[00:30:30] - How Iron Maiden and a Disney Song made an impact[00:33:50] - Everything changed with Bruce Springsteen[00:36:33] - How to make a song meaningful?[00:40:57] - The Sandman by Neil Gaiman and what it teaches songwriters[00:49:32] - Cast your own songwriter group. Who will be in It Links mentioned in this episode:MannyG (A Minute for Manny) on SoundcloudA Minute for Manny on SpotifyA Minute for Manny on InstagramTunnel of Love by A Minute for MannySimple Man by Lynyrd SkynyrdHallowed Be Thy Name by Iron MaidenTreasure Planet MovieTreasure Planet Song I'm Still HereBlinded by the Light MovieWestern Stars Bruce SpringsteenThe Sandman by Neil GaimanSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/storiesinsongs)
#007 - How to write an amazing, heartbreaking love song so that you take your audience with you back into a moment in time when they had to get over a breakup.We’ll do that by analyzing one song of an aspiring songwriter and musician called A Minute for Manny. We’ll play his song in full and talk about the lyrics as well as about the theme of his song, and the craft of storytelling that he used to be able to write his heartbreaking love song: “Last Goodbye”.And he will take us on his emotional journey and reveal what it takes to come to terms with the new situation and to get out of one’s misery. A song about hope and painIf you get the lyrics for this kind of song right, then you give your listeners hope that it is indeed possible to move on, and you provide them with the strength for it.They will look at you and the hardship you had to go through, and they will find someone in you who can relate to their heartache and who understands their pain.And this sense that there’s someone else out there who had to go through a terrible breakup as well will empower them to gather their strength and start moving on, too.Those listeners will become your fans because you’ve helped them through one of the saddest and most challenging moments of their lives. They will be entirely grateful to you to have given them this strength to get back on their feet.And writing a powerful heartbreaking song that helps someone get over a failed relationship is what you’ll learn in this episode.You will discover the three most important things to watch out for when writing a song like this.You will know the 10 questions you need to ask yourself about your song to find out how strong the lyrics are to truly make an impact. Here's what we cover:[00:00:00] - Introduction to the episode[00:02:59] - Introducing: A Minute for Manny[00:04:15] - "Last Goodbye" by A Minute for Manny[00:08:35] - My initial observation after listening to the song[00:10:02] - How to analyze the lyrics of a song? Step 1: Which problem faces the character in the song?[00:15:01] - Step 2 - The unexpected event[00:22:31] - Step 3 - The lyrics in detail[00:26:52] - 10 questions to determine the strength of the lyrics[00:40:36] - How to write a heartbreaking love song - Summary.Links mentioned in this episode:MannyG (A Minute for Manny) on SoundcloudA Minute for Manny on SpotifyA Minute for Manny on InstagramSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/storiesinsongs)
#006 - Get inspired by the six most anticipated moments of every love story and use them to write powerful love songs.It might bore you to write another love song because everything has been said already. But has it?I want you to know you don’t need to feel intimidated by the big evergreens like I’d Do Anything for Love, I don’t wanna miss a thing, or I want to know what love is.It might surprise you that when we tell someone a love story, there’s much more to that story than two people confessing their love to each other and living happily ever after, or, as we all know it: when they go through a breakup.So I invite you to join me in this episode to get inspired about the six most important moments every great love story needs. I’ll provide you with lots of examples on the way.And I promise you, those moments will provide you with lots of inspiration and ideas that you can start writing new and innovative love songs today.Here's what we cover:[00:00:00] - Introduction to the episode[00:01:43] - What’s a love story?[00:04:10] - Moments of a love story[00:09:10] - Moment 1: The lovers meet[00:14:04] - Moment 2: First Kiss or Intimate Connection[00:18:12] - Moment 3 - The Confession of Love[00:22:16] - Moment 4 - The Breakup & 8 Stages of going through a breakup[00:29:33] - Moment 5 - The Proof of Love[00:32:54] - Moment 6 - Lover’s reunite[00:36:08] - What's coming next?Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/storiesinsongs)
#005 - Today I want to talk with you about a problem many of us have to face at one point or another: How the heck can we finish the lyrics of a song we’re struggling with? After all, if that song would not be important to you, you wouldn’t worry that much about finding the right words. You would just get it out there and move on.But you want to finish the job yourself because that is your song.But how?In this episode, I will give you a 3-Step Action Plan with an exercise at the end of each step so that you find your inspiration, motivation as well as a clear picture of what you want to express in your song. And I also have a surprise for you at the end of this podcast episode. It’s like a reward for you if you manage to finish writing this song you’re struggling with. And it will help you see how strong the lyrics of your songs are. So stick around to hear more about this amazing and FREE offer. Here's what we cover:[00:00:00] - Introduction to the episode[00:02:16] - Step 1 - Identifying the Problem[00:06:29] - Your purpose as an artist and creator[00:08:30] - Step 2 - The problem the character in your song faces[00:11:42] - The idea behind your song. And the need for conflict. (Example: Eminem: Sing for the Moment)[00:22:44] - Step 3 - One Sentence to give you clarity about what you want to write about.[00:32:09] - End of episodeSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/storiesinsongs)
#004 - Don't wanna compete in a staring contest with that blank sheet of paper and wonder how to begin writing a song? I'll show you a method as well as three different types of beginnings that will spark your imagination.Today we attack that nagging, frustrating feeling of sitting in front of an empty paper and not being able to make the pen start writing. Today, we want to beat that blank white sheet of paper.So if you want to start with a new song and wonder if you have what it takes to come up with the lines that truly matter to someone, this episode is for you. After all, you have something to say and you ought to be able to share your message with others in order to make a positive impact in their lives.So here’s what we can do.First, I’ll show you why it’s so important to trust the person you are and the power you have inside of you.Secondly, I’ll help you find a way to focus on one single thing that could spark your imagination and inspire you to start writing. That will burn inside of you. We’ll ignite that fire. That passion. That sense of urgency and need to get it out of your system.And thirdly, I’ll give you three different types of beginnings that you can use to start filling that blank sheet of paper with words. This won’t be a staring contest anymore. And you know how it ends. No matter how long you stare at that sheet of paper, you’ll always lose. Except for if your computer intervenes and the screensaver goes on. But with those three types of beginnings, you’d be able to just make that paper yours. It’s not your enemy. It’s your friend.[00:00:00] - Introduction to the episode[00:03:34] - The power inside of you[00:07:58] - Write about what inspires/drives you[00:18:43] - The beginning and setting up expectations[00:22:20] - Three types of beginning the lyrics of a song[00:23:45] - Action Beginning[00:25:42] - Narrative Beginning[00:27:27] - Setting Beginning[00:30:24] - How to begin a Love songSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/storiesinsongs)
#003 - Learn the basics components you need for telling a powerful story or a captivating incident in your song. I give you three specific things that you can do in your songwriting right now to help you hook your listeners and to keep them engaged in the lyrics.You might wonder: Why is storytelling so important for songwriting? Why do we need to tell a story or part of a story in a song at all?The short answer: If you want to reach more people and increase the sales of your next album, then this is what you should do beyond the aspect of music, composition, and melody.So there’s a lot of ground to cover today, but at the end of this episode, you’ll have a better understanding of what the main ingredients are that you need for telling a story.Here's what we cover:[00:00:00] - Introduction to the episode[00:03:55] - Songwriting meets the Story Grid, + Who is Melanie?[00:07:06] - What do we need in order to tell a story?[00:07:50] - Problem[00:11:23] - Character[00:14:40] - The goal and what's at stake?[00:17:34] - An unexpected surprise[00:21:32] - The dilemma and the crisis situation[00:25:06] - Is the problem resolved at the ending?[00:28:30] - Wrap up & 3 Tools[00:31:44] - Cautionary or prescriptive tale?If you’d like to get the links and show notes for this episode, head to https://storiesinsongs.com/003.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/storiesinsongs)
#002 - Do you wonder if it’s necessary to express a kind of deeper meaning in a song? Does there need to be a takeaway for the listener? Let's find it out in this episode.Do you want your songs to have a meaningful message for your listeners?But you do not know if you’re on the right track, how you can achieve it or how to tell if there’s already a takeaway for your listener in the song you just wrote? Isn’t it enough to have a catchy melody and let everyone hit the dance floor?Sometimes that’s cool, but if you want your song to resonate with your listeners and to be unforgettable, you need to incorporate something that your listener can learn from or relate to.In this episode, I will show you a method of how to find out if your song is a cautionary tale meaning it’s expressing something your listeners should avoid or a prescriptive tale that offers guidance to achieve something they want. And in this episode, I’ll also tell you exactly which one, cautionary or prescriptive, is the one you should aim for and why.  Here's what we cover:[00:00:00] - Introduction to the episode[00:03:05] - Defining what we mean by a 'message' or a central idea in a song. We look at the definition of Jack Perricone and Robert McKee.[00:05:42] - Examples of Messages in songs and why not every song with a message resonates with us.[00:09:04] - How can you include a message in a song?[00:13:22] - Example #1 – ›Nothing else Matters‹ by Metallica[00:16:18] - Example #2 – ›The Rose‹ by Bette Midler - You can even have two messages in a song.[00:18:59] - Example #3 – ›I’d do anything for love‹ by Meatloaf[00:21:01] - Songs can save lives[00:23:24] - Why are prescriptive tales the ones we love the most?If you’d like to get the links and show notes for this episode, head to https://storiesinsongs.com/002.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/storiesinsongs)
#001 - If you wonder if lyrics still play an important part in songwriting, this episode is for you. This is the very first episode of the Stories in Songs podcast. And you get the answer to the question of why we should not neglect the art of capturing your listeners' attention through telling a story in a song.Especially I talk about how you can turn your listeners into fans and how you can make your songs resonate with them. I also walk you through the amazing storytelling in My Chemical Romance's song 'Welcome to the Black Parade' that turned so many people into fans of MCR.Lyrics are super important if you want to build a fan base. And in this episode, you'll find out why.Here's what we cover:[00:00:00] - Introduction to the episode[00:01:19] - Is it a secret of how you can turn your listeners into fans? Or is it a craft?[00:01:54] - Who is this podcast for?[00:02:29] - The craft of storytelling and why it matters in songwriting.[00:03:36] - Songs set expectations. And why you should deliver.[00:06:03] - How one song of a band I had never heard of before turned me straight into a fan. Let's analyze the song 'Welcome to the Black Parade' and why it was so powerful.[00:23:28] - Being a fan is great. Here's why it's so important for people to have something to connect to.[00:24:27] - The purpose of this podcast is to turn your audience into fans by learning how to tell captivating stories.If you’d like to get the links and show notes for this episode, head to https://storiesinsongs.com/001.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/storiesinsongs)
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