You Don’t Have to Be Shakespeare

I happen to be a Shakespeare fan, but I like to keep him at the theater.

The best songs speak the way we do, with a few clever twists here and there.

If you want to say “I love you”, actually saying it might not be the worst idea.

While poetry is beautiful, it can also be a foreign language to someone trying to listen your song.

If you want a response from your audience you have to speak to them in a way in which they understand.

Simplicity is key!

  • As a song writer one of the lessons that has been hard to learn is to keep it simple. I used to work very hard to sculpt my ideas so I could say exactly what I wanted and my friends would read it and scratch their heads and say what the H— does this mean? So I started to rethink my writing. I listened to Dylan, The Beatles, Sinatra, ETC… to understand phrasing and content. Now when I write a song I will just write what I want to get it on paper and then comes the rewrite. I have done up to 20 rewrites to a song to clean up the details and to simplfy. It really helps to get rid of what I call filler words. The words that help you fill the line so it matches the flow of the song. If you have a lot of those you haven’t got the line right yet. Writing is a lonely art and it can drive you crazy. But when the flow is right and you can convey your ideas simply and clearly it is a joy. It also makes it more fun for your listeners. Peace, -Kenn Lynn

  • Embrothistlesingers

    Indeed, keep it simple.  It doesn’t matter whether you are writing a song or a letter.  Say what you mean.  Mean what you say.  In songs, the music must enhance not detract from the intended ideas.  It isn’t easy but must be simple.  Whew!