Let songwriters inspire your storytelling

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Songwriters use lyrics to create a mood or trigger emotion. They are adept at alliteration, and use rhyme and rhythm to help listeners feel the tale behind the tune. Expressive language gets the point across in a compact number of words.

My July newsletter shares some examples of song lyrics that strike a chord, so to speak. :) Here are a couple:

Like a stream that meets a boulder / Halfway through the wood
…Because I knew you / I have been changed for good
Stephen Schwartz, For Good (from the musical Wicked, shared by Sue Johnston, ABC)

The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound / And a wave broke over the railing
And every man knew, as the captain did too, / ’Twas the witch of November come stealin’
Gordon Lightfoot, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (from Colleen Hawk)

Read more in July Wordnerdery. What are your fave lyrics? Please share in the comments below.

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